Ward 4 candidate Adriano Ciotoli is making access to healthy food a priority in this upcoming municipal election.
While Ciotoli understands that there are other pressing issues, he believes it is a necessity for our municipality to lead its residents on a path to a healthier, more active lifestyle. He feels his ‘Let’s Help Windsor Grow’ Municipal Food Plan is the first step in providing Windsorites access to fresh, healthy and local food regardless of income.
One of the key parts of the plan would be to provide healthier food options for low income families. According to the 2009 Well-Being Report recently released by the United Way, 16% of children in Windsor-Essex are now living in poverty.
Victoria Rose of the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market agrees that a food plan is needed for Windsor. “Living in poverty is a very sad thing”, she says. “It’s especially sad when children are involved.”
County Connect owner, Izabela Muzzin, believes the issue of poverty is more widespread than people believe. “It is not just affecting the stereotypical low income families” states Muzzin. “Those who have recently lost their jobs are also struggling to survive. It’s unacceptable. We need to start taking care of our community first.”
Ciotoli points to studies that link poverty to obesity as one of many reasons our municipality should help wherever it can. “Eating healthy food can be expensive” he says. “When you have to make the choice between fresh, healthy food and the hydro bill, it’s pretty clear what people are forced to do.”
Highlights of the plan include:
· Re-establishing municipal community gardens
· Making low income neighbourhoods a priority when locating the community gardens.
· Creating “Fresh Food Hubs” within municipal community centres.
· Ensuring community centres provide fresh, nutritious meals and snacks during programming.
Ciotoli also believes another way the food plan can be beneficial is through supporting local agricultural.
“The ultimate goal is to help Windsor become a healthier community, all while supporting our local economy and keeping our dollars within our region.”
For more details on Ciotoli’s ‘Let’s Help Windsor Grow’ Municipal Food Plan, please visit www.adrianociotoli.com.
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