With a provincial budget coming on Tuesday, Catherine Stevens has a request of Premier Stephen McNeil’s government.

“I just want to feed my kid,” she said. “I just want enough food for myself and my child. I’m not asking for much, just enough. We’re people, too. We have a right to these things but it’s not happening. It’s getting worse.”

She’s on income assistance but the $570 per month allowance for rent leaves her about $200 short of the actual bill for shelter. As a single mom, she has to use her baby bonus to make up the difference. She gets $275 in assistance to cover everything else for the month.

She says the hardest part of the struggle is related to food.