Hunger discussed by students

February 27, 2011


I attended the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit today at the University of Guelph.  This was the 6th summit; the first outside of the U.S.

It was great to be inspired by engaged young people wanting to make a difference in addressing hunger locally and globally.

We were asked to make a pledge to fight hunger.  Mine was a local pledge.  I pledged to support the collaborative work of the Guelph Wellington Taskforce for the Elimination of Poverty.  The Taskforce has identifed three priorites: housing, food distribution and transportation (transit).  As I noted in my inaugural address, transit is a core business of municipal government – this is an area where we could legitimately make a real difference. 

Several delegations last week urged Council to consider offering a subsidized pass for those living on low incomes (they also spoke against the proposed increase in fares and for an increase in summer and holiday service).  The less money people on low incomes have to pay to get around the city, the more money will be available to put food on the table.  That is the link to hunger.

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