PORT MOODY – New Democrat MLA Rick Glumac says that a $85,000 grant from the province will help local governments boost supports for vulnerable and low-income people in the Tri-Cities.
MLA Glumac says the grant funding will go towards developing a food security assessment and action plan for the Tri-Cities and Village of Anmore. The project will include developing a food asset map, and engaging with community partners to build a digital platform for sharing information about local services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a reminder of how important local food security is to building resilient communities where people have what they need to live a healthy life,” said Glumac, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. “This grant will support people in our community experiencing poverty and food insecurity.”
The local investment is part of the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program which will empower 54 local governments across the province, through 29 projects, to develop poverty reduction plans that directly support people in their communities.
The 29 projects are receiving a total of $1.4 million, from a $5 million provincial grant to the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM), with individual project funding ranging from $16,000 to $150,000. The grant is part of the New Democrat government’s commitment to partner with local governments and communities in poverty reduction initiatives, as part of TogetherBC, B.C.’s first poverty reduction strategy.