Funding helps enhance meals safety for ladies of color

Indigenous and Black girls, girls of shade (IBPOC) and their households will see continued help from the native non-profit group Assist Community for Indigenous Girls and Girls of Colour (SNIWWOC), as a result of a $50,000 grant from the Province.

The grant was awarded for a undertaking known as Get Your Groceries that will increase entry to wholesome meals. Within the post-pandemic restoration interval, IBPOC girls have been disproportionately affected by job loss and are struggling to deliver dwelling healthful meals amid elements reminiscent of hovering meals costs and restricted entry to autos.

“Non-profits work tirelessly to ship important and culturally acceptable providers to those who want them,” mentioned Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Group Improvement and Non-Income. “We’re so happy to help SNIWWOC within the vital work it does, delivering nutritious meals to IBPOC girls and their youngsters.”

The group focuses its efforts on supporting the well being and wellness of IBPOC girls. Extra just lately, it has targeted on responding to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic that induced elevated household violence, girls’s financial instability and compromised psychological and sexual well being. These results have been extra prevalent for IBPOC girls as a result of systemic discrimination and inequities. SNIWWOC has served greater than 4,000 girls since 2014.

“We’re grateful for the help of the Province and grateful for the chance to supply Indigenous girls and girls of shade providers which are deeply wanted as all of us get better from the pandemic,” mentioned Boma Brown, founder and govt director, SNIWWOC.

All through the pandemic, SNIWWOC has additionally been offering free mental-health and profession counselling, domestic-violence and addictions workshops, a food-security program and COVID-19 care packages.

“It is nice to see native organizations receiving grants to allow them to proceed to ship vital, culturally acceptable providers that help the well being and wellness of marginalized communities,” mentioned Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “These providers are important to the individuals who depend upon them and it is vital that individuals have entry inside the communities the place they stay.”

Since TogetherBC, BC’s poverty-reduction technique, was launched in 2019, the Ministry of Social Improvement and Poverty Discount has supplied virtually $26 million to planning and implementing poverty discount and meals safety in communities all through BC, together with First Nations communities.

Be taught Extra:

TogetherBC, BC’s Poverty Discount Technique:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content material/governments/about-the-bc-government/poverty-reduction-strategy

Be taught extra about SNIWWOC: https://www.sniwwoc.ca