Hunger Free Manitoba is a united effort of faith communities calling on the government of Manitoba to help those who are most vulnerable. We support Make Poverty History Manitoba’s campaign to increase the Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) basic needs allowance for Manitobans who are living in the deepest poverty.
A single person living on Employment and Income Assistance is allotted only $3.96 per day for food. $3.96 is not enough for a healthy balanced diet. Foods like milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, are luxury items that are out of reach for people on EIA. Diets of mostly starch and sugar lead to multiple health problems.
Because they only receive $3.96 a day for food, most people on EIA* and Disability Allowance have no choice but to line up at food banks and soup kitchens in order to feed themselves and their families. While the wider community is doing its best to meet the growing need a better alternative for those who live in poverty would be to have enough money to afford the basics.
Hunger Free Manitoba is a unified, faith-based, and non-partisan voice that seeks to shape a more fair and just society. During the month of October, we will use the symbols, rituals, commandments, and traditions of our faiths to express our compassion for those who are hungry and address the issue of hunger in Manitoba.
*There are approximately 63,000 people in Manitoba on EIA . One third of those are on disability and not able to work. Another third are single parents who are caring for their children. The final third are those who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to find or hold a job.
$3.96 a day is the amount of money given to Employment and Income Assistance (welfare) recipients asking for a voucher for a day’s worth of food. It is equivalent to what the department estimates would be available for food per day from a single person’s allotment for basic necessities, which must also pay for toiletries, clothing, communications and transportation. The $3.96 figure is not written down in any welfare department documents, but some officials have confirmed informally that is the number the department uses.
Participating Faith Communities
Islamic Social Services Association
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI Lacombe Canada)
Sisters of our Lady of the Missions
Sisters of St. Benedict
The Association of Religious of Manitoba
The Baha’i Community of Winnipeg
The Redemptorists (Yorkton Province)
Universite de Saint Boniface School of Social Work