Nanaimo. The 5th year of the Welfare Food Challenge will be my first year participating. The truth is that the $610 a month given in welfare to a single person in this province was inadequate in 2007, and is even more so in 2016! I believe that no one should have to choose between the basic necessities of life when managing their monthly budgets in a province as prosperous as British Columbia. We must be louder and bolder when advocating for the most vulnerable members of our communities, to keep these paramount issues in the public’s mind and prompt long -overdue action from the BC government. I am very lucky that living off of $18 worth of food this coming week is a choice, and not the reality that faces so many British Columbians. I truly hope that there is no longer a need for this challenge in the years to come.