Spare Change/Real Change: United Way London & Middlesex
Did you know that 17% of London families are living below the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO)? If that’s not shocking enough, here are some more stats that really bring light to the sad and very real issue:
- 1 of every 5 children born today in London will live in poverty
- The London Food Bank usage is up 30% since 2006 and the local Ontario Works social assistance caseload is up 46%
- 46% of single parent-led households and 51% of immigrants live below the LICO
This really puts things into perspective for me. It makes me realize how much I take for granted by having fresh and healthy food in my fridge every day to send with my daughter in her school lunch. And how easy it is for me to encourage my daughter to pursue her interests like ballet, swimming lessons and sports. Or how we chose her school based on the type of education we wanted for her, not the fact that the school was in the only district we could afford to live in.
Poverty is very real in London and while you may not be living in this state, it does affect you:
Poverty costs every household in the province at least $2,300 per year. It shows up in extra costs in our health care system, the costs of crime and the cost of social assistance. When you add it up, the social costs of poverty add up to more than $10 billion per year. (Ontario Association of Foodbanks).
Even with that information aside, it’s heart-breaking to imagine any child, rich or poor, going without the basic necessities a child deserves. Like healthy food, a good education, a safe and happy home, encouragement and support from adults and a pair of winter boots!
SPARE CHANGE – REAL CHANGE
By contributing to the United Way through the Spare Change/Real Change program we can combine our efforts to make a difference in children’s lives living with poverty in London. United Way London & Middlesex invests in more than 70 programs and services that meet the immediate needs and address the root causes of issues that individuals and families face.
Take a minute to watch this moving video. See the numbers. Learn about the program. Spread the word. And contribute!
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Together we can create real change London!