Give 30 2019 With Dr. Zaki Ahmed
REGIONAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION ASSOCIATION OF NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
Save a Life !!!
11 million deaths in 2017 were associated with poor nutrition according to a study published this year.
“A Drug to Prevent 1 in 5 deaths? It’s called ‘food’”. CBC posted this story on April 6, 2019.
They discussed the barriers to healthy eating and the prices of fruits rising 14% in the last year.
When I ask a diabetic patient to adhere to the Canada Food Guide which asks one to eat more Vegetables and Fruits, Grain Products, Milk and Alternatives as well as Meat and Alternatives, I feel irresponsible and ingenuine. I know they can’t afford that. Most of us couldn’t afford that.
$8 for 2L of 2% Milk. $11 for 1lb of Gala apples. $12 for a head of lettuce – These are the prices of groceries in some of the areas of Northwestern Ontario.
Cost of groceries for a family of four for one month is $847 in Toronto, $875 in Thunder Bay and $1909 in Atawapiskat.
12% of Canadians depend on Food banks and a large proportion of them are youth and adolescents. This number is even higher in Northwestern Ontario due to the price of food here.
Give30 is a campaign that has raised almost $1 million for foodbanks. I joined this campaign and we have raised over $80,000 for the Regional Food Distribution Authority of Northwestern Ontario in the last four years.
We need to do more – a lot more to ensure that our neighbours have the right food and are not one of the 11 million people who will die this year because they didn’t have access to healthy food.
What Is Give 30?
"Give 30 is a grassroots initiative inspired by Ramadan's spirit of empathy, generosity and social solidarity. Everyone, regardless of faith or background, is invited to participate in the spirit of Ramadan and unite in common humanity to build healthy and compassionate communities for all. For more information, please visit www.give30.ca"