VCC's interview on 770 CHQR

Meaghon Reid talks about how a perfect storm is on the horizon; housing, food and fuel costs are on the rise

19 October 2021

"We are seeing a close to 5% inflation rate in terms of food and the affordability of food as well as skyrocketing energy prices."

Meaghon Reid, Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary

"Before the pandemic, we knew that there were 189,000 Calgarians that lived in poverty and we know that there is a lot more people who live in poverty now."

Energy poverty is a growing concern. Shelter is a priority over food.

"We have a lot of Calgarians making decisions between heat and eat, and that's a real problem."

"We are seeing an increase in the number of food assistance providers across the city. The rate of those organizations have skyrocketed as well as usage."

Listen to the full interview starting at 23:57.