On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, join us in calling for a federal poverty reduction strategy.
3.8 million people in Canada cannot access the food they need. Close to 1 million people use food banks each month. Food banks are not a sufficient response. Surely we can do better.
This year on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we propose that people think beyond food banks to solutions that address the root causes of poverty. Set up as temporary measures in the 1980s, food banks have now become part of the charitable fabric of our society. But do they end food insecurity? They address an immediate need, but why are they still around 30 years later?
This is because Canada does not have federal leadership on food security or a national poverty plan to end poverty.
This October 17th, we ask you to Chew on This! and look ahead to ending food insecurity for good.
Supporting Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, headed by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice, we will be joining others across the country in handing out lunch bags with a purpose, containing an apple and a postcard to Stephen Harper asking him to take a proactive approach to eradicating poverty in Canada.
Date: Thursday, October 17
Location: Outside the CBC in downtown Vancouver, 700 Hamilton Street
Everyone welcome! Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be joining us.