Funding helps enhance meals safety for ladies of color

Indigenous and Black girls, girls of color (IBPOC) and their households will see continued help from the native non-profit group Help Community for Indigenous Girls and Girls of Color (SNIWWOC), on account of a $50,000 grant from the Province.

The grant was awarded for a venture 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 convey dwelling healthful meals amid elements corresponding to hovering meals costs and restricted entry to automobiles.

“Non-profits work tirelessly to ship important and culturally applicable providers to people who want them,” mentioned Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Group Improvement and Non-Income. “We’re so happy to assist SNIWWOC within the necessary 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 results of the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in elevated household violence, girls’s financial instability and compromised psychological and sexual well being. These results have been extra prevalent for IBPOC girls on account of systemic discrimination and inequities. SNIWWOC has served greater than 4,000 girls since 2014.

“We’re grateful for the assist of the Province and grateful for the chance to supply Indigenous girls and girls of color providers which are deeply wanted as all of us get better from the pandemic,” mentioned Boma Brown, founder and government 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’s nice to see native organizations receiving grants to allow them to proceed to ship necessary, culturally applicable providers that assist the well being and wellness of marginalized communities,” mentioned Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “These providers are important to the individuals who rely upon them and it’s necessary that folks have entry inside the communities the place they stay.”

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

Study Extra:

TogetherBC, B.C.’s Poverty Discount Technique: material/governments/about-the-bc-government/poverty-reduction-strategy

Study extra about SNIWWOC:


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