Ontario Partners with Innovative FoodShare Toronto to Support Healthy Nutrition
Local Poverty Reduction Fund Supports Community-Driven Poverty Solutions
Ontario is partnering with FoodShare Toronto to help low-income Ontarians save money and eat healthier by delivering vegetables and fruit.
FoodShare Toronto will evaluate two existing food support programs and measure their success in helping to provide a better quality of life for people affected by poverty. FoodShare Toronto will also determine how to expand existing programs to reach more communities.
Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.
Fighting poverty is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.
- The Local Poverty Reduction Fund supports innovative and sustainable local programs that use community partnerships to support those who are disproportionately affected by poverty, including: women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.
- Organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding in 2016 and 2017.
“FoodShare Toronto is a pioneer when it comes to innovative food programs. With this funding, FoodShare Toronto will evaluate and measure their success in helping provide a better quality of life for people and determine how they can expand and bring good, healthy food to more communities in need.”
“Poverty remains a persistent problem in Ontario, which is why we welcome the Ontario government’s focus on poverty reduction initiatives.”
“FoodShare Toronto continues to be an invaluable advocate and provider of affordable and accessible food in Davenport. Our province’s substantial investment at FoodShare Toronto will undoubtedly bring unprecedented benefits to communities in need in our community and across the city.”