Service sector

“This is a crucial election for the social services sector and for food security”: Ottawa Food Bank CEO

Rachael Wilson says the cost of living has become impossible for many people, and she hopes municipal candidates will learn and understand the issues faced by many food organizations and Ottawa residents.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ottawa Food Bank believes the 2022 municipal election is key to addressing food security and support for the social service sector.

Rachael Wilson tells Sam Laprade’s show September 20 that the cost of living has become impossible for many people, and she hopes municipal candidates will learn and understand the issues facing many food organizations and Ottawa residents.

“We need leadership at all levels of government to help us put more money in people’s pockets to buy more desperately needed food,” she says. “We need to know what drives people to the food bank.”

Wilson notes that at the Ottawa Food Bank, the number of people seeking help has increased month over month, and August 2022 saw the highest number of people seeking help at the Ottawa Food Bank.

“Each month feels like a new high and we’re not seeing any relief,” Wilson says.

Wilson says Ottawa residents have always been generous when donating and supporting the Ottawa Food Bank, but donations have dwindled due to rising costs at the grocery store.

Listen to Rachael Wilson’s full interview below: