Food Security Advocacy Group seeks $100K from Smiths Falls Council
Minister Christopher Ryan of Trinity United Church says $110,000 would fully fund the Food Security Advocacy Group, which plans to serve thousands of meals this year to residents in need. The Group would also like to see the money included as a regular budget item rather than strain the Community Grants program with their annual request.
Minister Ryan further underscored the Group’s commitment to developing social capital and communal relationships, making the point that “a community meal is different than a basket of food.” Along with the financial request, the Advocacy Group hopes the town of Smiths Falls will help them to find a “common space” that will centralize operations and provide added security for the community as they battle social isolation.
Councillor Wendy Alford said it was “unlikely” that the town will be able to cover the full request, but a 30% fulfillment will “certainly be considered.”
The extent of the town’s involvement will be determined in coming council and budget meetings.