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Fresh vegetables from The Growing Place are being distributed to the North End Food Bank. Image supplied by The Growing Place.

Applications for food program quadruples

By Steve MacArthur Jan 22, 2024 | 2:16 PM

New data shows the need for help to make ends meet is growing.

A freedom of information request from the NDP reveals applications for a program that funds community food initiatives quadrupled last year with 129 submissions.

According to the party, many of the applications to the Community Food Access and Literacy (CFAL) program were from schools.

Leader Claudia Chender says her party will continue to fight for a universal school food program and the spike in requests for government grants shows people are feeling the pressure.
Roughly $440,000 was requested through the program but the demand well exceeds the grants budget.

According to the party, the grant has $100,000 available to fund these programs.