About Raise the Rates
RAISE THE RATES is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.
We are participating in the Welfare Food Challenge this week because people have a right to food that will keep them healthy and happy, and $18 dollars a week is not enough to do that. It is appalling to me that the government continues to have income assistance rates which keep people living in poverty. Poverty is a political choice and I hope that our participation will encourage people to be as angry as I am about this, and that they will make this a key issue for our province in the next provincial election.
We know this is a Challenge that cannot be won. Why doesn’t our government know this as well? Even Sebastian, at 5 years old, knows that this “isn’t fair, everybody should be able to have good food in their bellies”.
I work as the Director of Community Food Initiatives at Gordon Neighbourhood House, and Sebastian is in Kindergarten in the West End.