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'This is a critical election for the social service sector and for food security': Ottawa Food Bank CEO

Rachael Wilson says that the cost of living has become impossible for many people, and she hopes that municipal election candidates learn and understand of the issues many food agencies and residents across Ottawa are facing. 
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Ottawa Food Bank (Photo/Ottawa Food Bank Facebook)

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ottawa Food Bank believes the 2022 municipal election is key for addressing food security and support for the social service sector. 

Rachael Wilson tells The Sam Laprade Show on Sept. 20 that the cost of living has become impossible for many people, and she hopes that municipal election candidates learn and understand of the issues many food agencies and residents across Ottawa are facing. 

"We need leadership at all levels of government to help us put more money in the pockets of people to buy more food that is so desperately needed," she states. "We need to know what is driving people to the food bank."

Wilson notes that at the Ottawa Food Bank, the number of people seeking support has increased month over month, and August of 2022 saw the highest number of people seeking help from the Ottawa Food Bank. 

"Every month seems to be a new high and we are not seeing any relief," says Wilson. 

Wilson says the residents of Ottawa have always been generous when donating and supporting the Ottawa Food Bank, but donations have seen a decline to the rising costs at the grocery store. 

Listen to the full interview with Rachael Wilson below:

 

 

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