Teachers call for poverty reduction plan to end child poverty

Classroom teachers are front-line witnesses to the devastating impact of poverty on children in their communities. Amy Dash, a Home Economics teacher at Lakes District Secondary in Burns Lake, notes that after the holiday season’s charitable efforts are over, bare cupboards are once again the shocking reality in many children’s homes.

“Campaigns like The Empty Stocking Fund, Adopt-a-School, and food bank donations—while well-intentioned—are band-aid measures that just mask the symptoms of child poverty. On their own, they cannot eliminate it. Children living in poverty need systemic transformational programs, not seasonal charity,” Dash said.

“Each semester my Foods and Nutrition classes have high enrollment numbers as the students know they will get to cook and eat at least twice a week. For some, it may be the only nutritious meal they have that day,” Dash added.