October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Chew on This! marks this important day each year with our nation-wide event, drawing attention to poverty in Canada and calling for action through a national plan to end poverty.
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 raise awareness about poverty in Canada by engaging with people on the street, in schools, at places of worship, and on Parliament Hill and adding their voices to our call for federal leadership in ending poverty in Canada.
We encourage organizers to have fun and freedom with how Chew on This! looks in their communities, but here are a few core components that unite our events:
- 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.
- Postcards - Each year we use postcards to send a key message to federal government and policymakers about steps needed to eradicate poverty in Canada. Organizers are provided with postcards for people in their communities to sign and pop in the mail, postage-paid.
- Paper bags - Typically, organizers opt to hand out paper bags with the Chew on This! logo stuffed with a postcard, a magnet highlighting stats on food insecurity in Canada, and an apple or other culturally-appropriate snack. All materials are provided except the apples or other snack.
- Public engagement - Organizers typically host their events over lunch in public spaces where they can engage passersby, talk to them about poverty in Canada, and invite them to take or sign a postcard in the bags provided. We also encourage organizers to connect with local media, Members of Parliament, and other groups in their communities.
Our events are typically held on October 17th to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, though some groups opt to host their events on other dates for strategic purposes (e.g. an existing gathering of people or significant occasion). Check out our photo gallery of 2018 events!
- Sign up online to order your materials (provided & shipped for free) by September 13.
You will also receive a digital kit of materials for organizers including
- tips & to-do lists for before, during, and after your event
- key messaging and talking points
- a sample press release
- links to promotional materials and webinars
- Connect with other groups or individuals in your community who care about poverty in Canada to volunteer at your event. Together, choose a location, time, and engagement strategy that suits you, with support from the Dignity for All team.
- Invite local media and MPs to attend your event, if possible, being considerate of the non-partisan nature of this campaign.
- Spread the word and share photos on social media - it is wonderful to see pictures of our Chew on This! community across the country and sends a message to government (and electoral candidates) that their constituents care about ending poverty in Canada!
Check out our photo gallery of 2018 events!
See who is organizing Chew events this year!
Good News Church, London
St. Aidan’s United Church
Sisters of Charity ASssociates
Red Bear Healing Home Society
St Joseph’s refugee settlement committee
Portage la Prairie
Anglican Lutheran Group
Nova Scotia Health Authority, Public Health, Healthy Communities
Every Woman's Centre
Lambton College Centre for Social Justice/ Poverty Reduction Organization Sarnia
Islington United Church
St. Joseph Belleville Parish Social Justice Committee;St.Joseph Catholic Women's League
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre