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November 2016 - Poverty and Food Security

​I have made a commitment to once again participate in the local Eat the Math awareness program run by the Karma Project. Eat the Math is an annual event designed to raise awareness of systemic poverty and some of the related challenges with food security. Each year, representatives from The Karma Project invite politicians and local celebrities to experience ‘food poverty’ and share the experience with the community.

How does it work? Participants are asked to eat only the contents of an emergency food hamper for five days (December 5-9). These hampers are co-ordinated with local food banks and represent what a person in crisis, with limited access to food, might be expected to survive on for five days.

I participated in the event a few years back and it was an eye-opening experience that truly hit home about how fortunate many of us are, but most importantly how so many of our residents struggle for basic nutrition and food sources each day.

Beyond my friendly challenge to my fellow politicians, I’m reaching out to our media partners and residents to help promote this unique project and bring greater awareness to hunger and nutrition issues in our communities.

Check out our flyer and learn how you can join participate.

Gerry Marshall
Simcoe County Warden