LaPointe calls it “shameful” that thousands of kids are going to school on an empty stomach
Vancouver BC, September 17, 2014 - Kirk LaPointe says as mayor, he will develop nutrition programs in partnership with other organizations to ensure no Vancouver child goes to school hungry.
“From the day I announced my candidacy in July, I vowed to tackle this problem, which is nothing short of shameful in a city as wealthy as Vancouver,” says LaPointe. In a video released today, he says, “I grew up in poverty in a single-parent flat. My mother worked in a factory. Many mornings I went to school hungry.”
LaPointe says, “To this day, I can still remember the sharp sting of profound hunger. I can still feel my mother’s stress around that struggle to survive.”
LaPointe says it is unconscionable that Gregor Robertson has been mayor for six years, yet there are still thousands of struggling children who start their school days on an empty stomach. “How is this happening in 2014?”
“Gregor Robertson and Vision had ample time to tackle this serious social issue. A compassionate city government invests in its kids. I don’t see the current Vision team doing that.”
LaPointe says it’s great to talk about green jobs but there are priorities, and feeding a city’s kids is the top one for him.
He said he would partner with private-sector and non-profit organizations to develop breakfast programs that the City could co-ordinate. “That way, each child would attend school properly nourished, with the potential to learn, develop and flourish. That is the city I envision. That is the Vancouver I want.”
Link to Kirk LaPointe video release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZXP5nf0R7c
Mr. LaPointe is available for media interviews today.
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