Poverty CostsOver the past eight months the Poverty Costs  campaign (a joint initiative between the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre and several other organizations, including the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership  & Unite) have been raising awareness about the economic impact of poverty in Saskatchewan, recently calculated to be $3.8 billion dollars a year, and giving Saskatchewan citizens the opportunity to voice their support for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.  There are many programs and services intended to reduce poverty, but there isn't a comprehensive plan that brings those initiatives together with targets, timelines and accountability measures – the very things we know are critical to the success of any goal.

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On Wednesday Oct.22 Poverty Costs had the honor of visiting the Legislative buildings in Regina for the Government’s Throne Speech and the exciting announcement that the Government of Saskatchewan is committing to the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  This announcement is the culmination of many years work by committed individuals, organizations and groups who work every day to raise awareness about poverty and the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.  We’ve taken a critical first step in the journey towards development and implementation and look forward to working closely with the Government of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders in months to come.

photo credit:Morgan Modjeski/Metro


Local Food Security & Poverty Issues Require Action

The Garden Patch is a SFBLC intiative to build capacity for local food security solutions. The Saskatchewan Global Food Security Forum kicked off yesterday in Saskatoon. According to their website, "Decision makers, buyers, food processors, exporters, service providers, academics, scientists, key business leaders, and government officials from various levels will all be in attendance".  We're encouraged to see action on important issues of global food security issues and proud that Saskatchewan and Canada are taking leading roles.

The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre receives 12,000+ requests for emergency food assistance each month, yet receives no form of core funding from any level of government.  We think it's also time for action on the issues that impact local food security and poverty right here in our community.

Click here to read more about the forum in an article in the Feb. 6 Star Phoenix.

[quote align="center" color="#999999"]Did you know that Saskatchewan has no provincial strategy to address poverty and food insecurity?[/quote]

One in seven Canadian children live in poverty.

A newly released report by the Conference Board of Canada is bringing much-needed attention to a sad reality:

  • One in seven Canadian children live in poverty.
  • The 2008-09 financial crisis and recession increased the share of people in low income; elderly and working-age Canadians were most affected.

Read the Conference Board of Canada report here.

Poverty is not inevitable.  There are many ways we can work to reduce and even eliminate poverty.  Check out Poverty Free Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership for more information about making change right here in our community.