“Face of hunger has changed dramatically”

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Saying “the face of hunger has changed dramatically,” food banks in Hamilton are extending their hours into the evenings and weekends.

It’s to accommodate the working poor and students.

The move is part of a one-year pilot project.

It means that starting in September, food banks and hot meal programs in the city will alternate each week.

It’s to make that at least one is open every Thursday from 5pm until 8pm and Saturday from 9am until 1pm.

(CBC)

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  1. Wages have not kept up with the governments taxation’s, and with the monopoly of the service and utilities companies. It is a crime to raise the utility such a s gas by 40%, when
    there is a most to have the homes heated. Also, the water and sewers are raised very creatively by the company. Only when the bill comes in one gets to know how they managed to get more for less from us. The hydro bill is also was raised by 35 % , and it will be going up again in November. The hydro was said to be up due to the ice storm. The governments takes our money , so, I believe that they should be looking after the bills from the storms.
    Repair and maintenance is a $159.00 and HST , per hours. Who can afford this amounts of money to be paid out. Every governments are getting out of the responsibility by shifting it down to the other. Some one who is at last must pick up the bill. That is the municipality. It is the one source gets the least of money and we are the ones who have to fork out the most. Just what does our governing officials think, that the home owners are loaded with money? We are loaded with death. No one can keep up with all this the way things are going. And how about the older people, like us. We do not smoke, drink, or go to movies. We do have the TV. for weather channel mostly, due to my disability, so to know when I can not step outside due to the danger to break my leg, that have pins in it. So, what does the government will do about the hunger of our own people in this country. I, THINK ONE NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AFTER IT’S OWN FIRST BEFORE ONE DOES LOOKS AFTER ANOTHER. THE KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY. THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MOSTLY LIVES ALONE GOES HUNGRY, THE OLD GOES HUNGRY. THE OLD AGE PENSIONS ONLY COVERS A PRICE OF A ROOM AND THERE IS NO COOKING ALOUD. SO,WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENTS ARE DOING, WHOM THEY ARE SERVING? THEM SELF’S.?
    WE DO NOT KNOW FOR HOW LONG WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP OUR HOME . WE HAVE TO GET THE SNOW CLEARED AWAY, AND NO ONE WANTS TO DO IT. THE PLOW CAN NOT COME INTO OUR YARD , WE ARE BETWEEN TWO HOUSES , IN A NARROW LANE WAY .
    THE PROBLEM ACTUALLY LIES IN THE NUCLEUS OF THE FAMILY UNIT , WHICH HAVE BEEN DISMANTLED. IN THE EARLY 1970′ THERE WAS A PSYCHOLOGISTS,T AND HE POINTED OUT JUST AS THE TIMES WE ARE LIVING NOW. THAT WHEN THE FAMILY UNIT IT DISMANTLED, THERE BE MANY PROBLEMS WILL SURFACE IN SOCIETY. WE BROKE THE CHAIN. NO WE HAVE THE RESULT OF IT. FIX IT? ONLY WHEN WE TOTALLY TURN TO ANOTHER WAYS. AND THAT UNLESS WE HAVE A VERY SERIOUS NATURAL DISASTER WILL TAKE AT LEAST 20 YRS. TO 30 YRS.

    • When there are serious tragedies, individual strangers – neighbours – friends automatically spring into action. And it’s a good thing they do, because our leaders, especially in the Ottawa of today are usually missing in action, unless of course a photo op comes into the equation. Harper and his neo-con-job cronies are starving this province of badly needed financial resources which in turn have to starve our municipalities of equally badly needed financial resources. And it’s all so they can play to ‘their base’ out west, wedge politics being far more important to them than governing the country in a sensible, even-handed manner. No government is perfect, as past federal and Ontario’s current provincial crowd have clearly shown. But there are levels of imperfection, and the Ottawa bunch in charge right now have raised that imperfection into an artform. Their only interest is in making the oil patch happy and in driving wedges between people. As disgusting a group of people as we have ever had in Ottawa, they desperately need to be replaced by someone, ANYONE prepared to put the country first, not ‘their base!’ Maria is absolutely right, but the logic of what she is saying and quoting is totally lost on today’s conservatives who in turn are, sadly reflecting society’s not-so-attractive side. Equally sadly however, too many in society give Ottawa (and Queen’s Park) a pass by not even bothering to vote. And saying “they’re all the same” just doesn’t cut it! What’s really missing today? A truly informed electorate prepared to engage politicians through critical thinking as opposed to social media, rush-to-judgment cynicism.

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