East Vancouver. I am a proud Vancity employee with a background in sustainability living in the vibrant community of East Vancouver. I am passionate about social and environmental justice and alternative business models that create a more equitable society. I am taking the welfare food challenge to build awareness and empathy for underserved groups who are dependent on welfare and disability. The cycle of poverty will continue to affect our province until a poverty reduction plan is established with clear targets that build capacity within our communities to help lift people out of poverty. I expect this challenge to be socially isolating in some cases and a weight on my mental and physical health. I look forward to the conversations I will have with people about my experience.