Feeding My Family is about raising awareness about high cost of food in the north. High prices on every day items make feeding families nearly impossible. Read more about food insecurity struggles in Nunavut here.
It's time to take action! Here is a letter that you can send to your MP, you will need an address for your MP and an envelope. Let's send it through mail, this has the potential to be seen more than an email, let's give them the hard copy. You can send it daily if you want, it does not cost anything when you send letters to your MP. We will have so many letters going to Parliament concerning this issue. You support this group in principle, send this letter away. If you not from Canada, send it to your Ambassador to Canada.
Send this letter to your MP
Dear Mr. /Mrs
I am writing about the shocking level of food insecurity in Nunavut. Seven in ten families in Nunavut go hungry each month. The cost of food in the territory is on average 140% higher than the rest of Canada, and often the food sold in stores is expired. Food is a basic human right, and this situation must change.
The monopoly in food retailers, the high cost of air transportation to the isolated communities, and the lack of regulation on the sale of expired food are major causes of food insecurity in Nunavut. A national strategy on food security, built into the federal budget, could address these causes. Two years ago, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, strongly recommended a national strategy for Canada to promote and protect the right to food for everyone in the country. There has still been no action by the government towards this.
I am dedicated to working towards reducing the high cost of food in northern communities and committed to see the end of the sale of expired food products. While it may not be much it is a start. The implementation of regulation to reduce the high cost of food and prohibit the sale of expired food products would lessen the hardship for families and bring healthier communities in Canada’s north. I am asking you to work towards bringing positive change in this area too.
Will you now work towards reducing the cost of food in the north and the prohibiting the sale of expired food products? What specific actions will you take towards this goal?
Thank you for your time.
[Name and address]
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