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.

Chew on This! 2019 was our biggest year yet with over 100 organizers coordinating events in every province and territory! A big thank you to all our organizers and volunteers for sending a message that we can END poverty in Canada!

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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

  1. Sign up online to order your materials (provided & shipped for free). Please note that you are still welcome to sign up for Chew on This! after October 17.
    You can also download 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
  2. 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.
  3. Invite local media and MPs to attend your event, if possible, being considerate of the non-partisan nature of this campaign.
  4. 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!

Chew on This! is in its 7th year now and has grown to over 100 events with representation in every territory and province. Together with hundreds of anti-poverty groups, advocates, churches, and community groups, we called for the creation of a national anti-poverty plan that was comprehensive in scope, based in a human rights framework, and adequately funded. Last year, we saw some fruits of this labour.

In late August, the government released Opportunity for All, Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy. Dignity for All welcomed the 2019 National Poverty Reduction Strategy as an important first step for our country, but the work cannot end here. The millions of people living in poverty in Canada need significant action and investment to end poverty in Canada – and they need it now.

For #ChewOnThis 2019, our message is simple: The country is watching. It's time to show the millions of people in Canada living in poverty that their government cares about them.

We're asking our next federal government to show their commitment to a poverty-free Canada by choosing effective human rights policies and making poverty a budget priority within their first 90 days in office.

With more than 100 groups in 65 cities from coast-to-coast-to-coast joining in last year's call for a stronger national anti-poverty plan, we hope Chew on This! 2019 will be bigger and louder than ever! Check out our photo gallery of 2018 events to see the campaign from St John’s to Nanaimo and then sign up to add your voice!

Sign up now to join the campaign!

See who is organizing Chew events this year!

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

réseau entraide verdun

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