October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Chew on This! marks this important day each year with our cross-country event, drawing attention to poverty in Canada and calling for bold federal action to end poverty.

Chew on This! will have a fresh new look for 2020!

Register for our group consultation call on August 19, 1:00-2:00 EST for a sneak peek and to share your feedback!

What is the Chew on This! campaign?

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Over 5 million people in Canada live in poverty. 1 in 8 families struggle to put food on the table. Chew on This! is a non-partisan cross-country campaign coordinated by Dignity for All, but made possible through local organizers from coast to coast to coast. Our goal is to show the Government of Canada that people across this country expect bold federal action to end poverty in Canada.

In previous years, Chew on This! organizers and community members signed and mailed postcards to the Prime Minister or specific Cabinet Ministers calling for a federal plan to end poverty in Canada. This year, due to COVID-19, we will be using digital engagement strategies with dial-in options to call for more specific targets and accountability measures.

You can join our consultation call on August 19, 1pm-2pm EST for a sneak peek and to share your feedback!

Chew on This! is marked by our commitment to:

Poverty eradication - We view poverty as a violation of human rights and dignity. As such, we call for the ultimate goal of ending poverty in Canada, not just reducing it.

Public engagement - Local organizers connect with others in their communities to raise awareness about poverty in Canada and to show their support for bold federal action. We also encourage organizers to connect with local media and Members of Parliament. These local actions join together as part of a broader movement across the country calling for an end to poverty in Canada.

Public policy - Our non-partisan campaign focuses specifically on Canadian federal public policy, including legislation and budgetary decisions. Organizers may also connect with provincial, territorial, and municipal leaders and media as part of their local engagement.

Solidarity - Our events are typically  held on October 17th to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We seek to work in solidarity with other movements from international to local levels advocating for social and wealth equity in this country. In particular, we seek to dismantle systemic inequities that cause and perpetuate poverty, including colonialism, anti-Black racism, ableism, ageism, classism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of systemic oppression.

This year, due to COVID-19, we are shifting from our traditional postcard campaign to using digital engagement strategies with dial-in options. We are committed to finding ways for local organizers to engage their communities, as well as feeling part of a broader movement.

You can join our consultation call on August 19, 1pm-2pm EST for a sneak peek and to share your feedback!

Stay tuned for 2020 details and links to register!

Chew on This! is in its 8th year now, and 2020 is certainly a year like no other!

This year, due to COVID-19, we are shifting from our traditional postcard campaign to using digital engagement strategies with dial-in options. We are also refocusing our campaign asks to call for more specific targets and accountability measures, particularly among those disproportionately affected by poverty due to intersecting systems of colonialism, anti-Black racism, ableism, sexism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.

You can join our consultation call on August 19, 1pm-2pm EST for a sneak peek and to share your feedback on how to make our 2020 campaign as meaningful, accessible, and effective as possible!

Stay tuned for our 2020 Chew events!

Calgary

Alberta

Hamilton

Ontario

SFU Semester in Dialogue

Vancouver

British Columbia

Digby & Area Community Health Board

Digby

Nova Scotia

St Paul's Anglican Church, Brockville

Brockville

Ontario

Neighbour to Neighbour Community Food Centre

Hamilton

Ontario

Vancouver Kingsway Greens

Vancouver

British Columbia

Southern Health Sante Sud

Southport

Manitoba

Indigenous Christian Fellowship

Regina

Saskatchewan

Qajuqturvik Food Centre

Iqaluit

Nunavut

North Sydney Food Bank Society

North Sydney

Nova Scotia

Slocan Valley Library

Slocan

British Columbia

Yellowknife

Northwest Territories

Digby

Nova Scotia

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Vancouver

British Columbia

MacKillop Centre for Social Justice

Charlottetown

Prince Edward Island

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

Hamilton

Ontario

Goderich

Ontario

Bedford House

Peterborough

Ontario

Eastern Valley Baptist Assocation's Community Connections Committee

Summerville

Nova Scotia

Factor-Inwentash

Toronto

Ontario

Knox Presbyterian Church

Ottawa

Ontario

Good Neighbours Food Centre

Rosthern

Saskatchewan

Brampton

Ontario

Saint John's Anglican Youth

Edmonton

Alberta

UBC Masters of Occupational Therapy

Vancouver

British Columbia

St Mary Catholic High School

Brockville

Ontario

Every Woman's Centre

Sydney

Nova Scotia

The Depot Community Food Centre

Montreal

Quebec

Halton Poverty Roundtable

Burlington

Ontario

Grassroot Grannies

Winlaw

British Columbia

Slocan Community Library

Winlaw

British Columbia

United Way Lethbridge & South Western Alberta

Lethbridge

Alberta

Guelph Student FoodBank

Guelph

Ontario

Georgian College Student Association

Orillia

Ontario

First Presbyterian Church, Brockville

Brockville

Ontario

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Montréal

Quebec

réseau entraide verdun

Montréal

Quebec

Pictou County Council of Churches

Pictou County

Nova Scotia

Nepean

Ontario

Carman

Manitoba

Kumon Hamilton West End

Hamilton

Ontario

Barrhaven United Church

Nepean

Ontario

Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition

Antigonish

Nova Scotia

Digby & Area Community Health Board

Digby

Nova Scotia

The Family Centre

Digby

Nova Scotia

Orillia Lighthouse

Orillia

Ontario

Calgary

Alberta

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church

Ottawa

Ontario

Toronto

Ontario

SHYFT Youth Services

Yarmouth

Nova Scotia

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Vancouver Island

Victoria

British Columbia

Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition

Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon

Bethel Christian Reformed Church

Waterdown

Ontario

Clinton

Ontario

Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church

St. Catharines

Ontario

Halton Poverty Roundtable

Burlington

Ontario

The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

Ottawa

Ontario

Trinity United Church

Ottawa

Ontario

Strait Regional Centre for Education

Port Hawkesbury

Nova Scotia

Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton

Hamilton

Ontario

St. Anne's Catholic Church

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

St. Michael Catholic School

Belleville

Ontario

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School

Bancroft

Ontario

Stony Plain FCSS & Spruce Grove Community Social Development

Spruce Grove

Alberta

Kingston

Ontario

Trenton

Ontario

Danforth Multifaith Community (facebook.com/danforthmultifaith)

Toronto

Ontario

Orleans

Ontario

Carleton University Food Centre

Ottawa

Ontario

Community Development Council of Quinte

Belleville

Ontario

Face of Poverty: A Faith Based Group

Prospect Bay

Nova Scotia

Poverty Talks!

Mission Services of Hamilton

Hamilton

Ontario

CSI Power of Change Together: Building the Movement

Toronto

Ontario

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Newmarket

Ontario

Edmonton

Alberta

Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance

Red Deer

Alberta

Thunder Bay

Ontario

Richmond Poverty Response Committee

Richmond

British Columbia

St. John's

Newfoundland and Labrador

City of St Albert

St Albert

Alberta

Exploits Valley Community Coalition

Botwood

Newfoundland and Labrador

Confederation College

Thunder Bay

Ontario

Sociology, Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Nanaimo

British Columbia

School of Social Work, Memorial University

St. John's

Newfoundland and Labrador

RRCRC

Ottawa

Ontario

Community Health Centres of Northumberland

Port Hope

Ontario

North Minister United Church

Calgary

Alberta

Chilliwack

British Columbia

Choices for Youth

St. John's

Newfoundland and Labrador

Port Hardy

British Columbia

Dignity for All

Ottawa

Ontario

Richmond Hill

Ontario

PSAC Social Justice Fund

Ottawa

Ontario

Good News Church, London

London

Ontario

St. Aidan’s United Church

Victoria

British Columbia

Thornhill

Ontario

Sisters of Charity Associates

Saint John

New Brunswick

Red Bear Healing Home Society

Forest Glade

Nova Scotia

St Joseph’s refugee settlement committee

Salmon Arm

British Columbia

Portage la Prairie

Manitoba

Anglican Lutheran Group

Thunder Bay

Ontario

Poverty Talks!

Calgary

Alberta

Cobourg

Ontario

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Public Health, Healthy Communities

Middleton

Nova Scotia

Every Woman's Centre

Sydney

Nova Scotia

CUPE MB

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Lambton College Centre for Social Justice/ Poverty Reduction Organization Sarnia

Sarnia

Ontario

Islington United Church

Toronto

Ontario

Toronto

Ontario

St. Joseph Belleville Parish Social Justice Committee;St.Joseph Catholic Women's League

Belleville

Ontario

Downtown Mission

Windsor

Ontario

Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

Dartmouth

Nova Scotia