BCTF president to take welfare food challenge

BCTF president to take welfare food challenge


Glen Hansman on what it’s like to live on $18 a week for food.

Starting on World Food Day, Sunday October 16, BC Teachers’ Federation President Glen Hansman will join other concerned citizens in participating in the 2016 Welfare Food Challenge. For one week participants will try to meet the challenge that British Columbians living on welfare face every week: surviving on a meagre food budget of $18.

The challenge is sponsored by Raise the Rates, which advocates for an end to the nine-year freeze on BC’s inadequate welfare rate of $610 per month for single people.

“The Welfare Food Challenges provides an opportunity to bring greater public understanding of the extreme poverty of families on welfare, and the terrible costs in suffering among our most vulnerable students,” Hansman said.

“BC continues to have a shameful rate of child poverty-among the highest in Canada.  Every day teachers are seeing firsthand the damaging effects of poverty and hunger on the learning and general health of children and youth.”

Hansman is sharing his experience on Twitter.

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