Except for the homeless people, it never occurs to me that food is a issue. There’s 3 different grocery stores near my place in toronto.Even when I was in west vancouver, the grocery stores are in the walking distance. As from last week’s readings, we can see via the maps, that about 800,000 people uses food bank in toronto, also there’s lots of place not in the restaurant and grocery store catchment. Toronto is such a big city，and maybe because it is big, we can’t get enough grocery stores covering every parts of the city. An important statistic shows that the low income family only have $5 left for each person spend on food everyday, that it raise to a question, how much should a people earn each month in order to make a living in toronto. For here make a living i mean have enough money to pay for the rent , also can have a nutritious diet.
Everything here is extremely expensive, and very unsettling. The average rent here in downtown toronto is around $800 per month, people have no other options that they have to do the grocery shoppings in the very expensive supermarkets like metro, sobeys, Loblaw…Lots of people working in the retail, can’t afford it. Saying they earn $12 per hour, 8 hours per day, making it $96 per day, 5 days a week, making it $1920 a month. Here I am setting a best scenario, the fact is lots of people cant get 5 hours per day and 5 days a week.
I’ve never realized how lucky I am till we start this topic, till we look at the people who uses the food bank.
I have to say I am a spoiled kid who take money from parents for granted, who always complaining how hard I suffered from the University, who never appreciate. I am so lucky that I do not need to worry about what to eat, I could cook if I am in the mood, or order take outs, even go to the restaurant whenever I like. My parents always give me enough money to spend. I should appreciate the life I have right now that the only thing I need to focus on is study.
Distance to Supermarkets & Income 1500m+ (FINAL) Map
Lister, Nina-Marie. Placing Food. Ryerson University.
Toronto Public Health. 2010. Toward a Healthy and Sustainable Food System for Toronto. Cultivating Food Connections.