May 26, 2010

Something you can do about the Special Diet Allowance Program

Here is something you can do about the Provincial Government's plan to cancel the Special Diet Allowance Program and replace it with a new nutritional supplement program. (See my Special Diet Anxiety post). The new program will be delivered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, led by Minister Deb Matthews.

Just today the Toronto Star ran a story about what the Special Diet Allowance means for a mother and her young son -- and what it may mean if they are cut out of the new program.

Now is the time to let the Government know that Ontario needs a nutritional supplement program that works for people.

The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the ODSP Action Coalition, has issued "Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program." They talk about the need for a program with a clear policy objective that is accessible, adequate and treats people fairly. They call for a program that provides monetary support and not just a program that provides vouchers for nutritional beverages or vitamins. They urge the Government to ensure that people already receiving a special diet allowance are not made worse off due to the change. And they call on the Government to take the time to get the new program right.

Read the full "Five Principles" statement.

Take action. Here is what you can do.

1. Endorse the Five Principles. 25 in 5 is seeking endorsements from individuals as well as groups and organizations. (MCC Ontario has endorsed the Five Principles.)
2. Send an e-mail to the Government using 25 in 5's automatic e-mail.
3. Share your support for these Five Principles with your MPP.
You can find out who your MPP is by going to Elections Ontario.
After finding the name of your riding, click on “information about your MPP”.

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