Ecumenical delegation to gather on Parliament Hill for annual Chew On This! event

Churches across Canada are once again joining the Dignity for All Campaign, co-led by Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17. For the 6th annual Chew on This! event, a delegation of faith leaders will be gathering on Parliament Hill with MPs and Senators and calling for a national plan to end poverty in Canada.

Chew on This! raises awareness about food insecurity to draw attention to the 5.8 million people in Canada who experience poverty. This year, events will be held in every province and territory, with more than 90 groups taking to the streets to engage their local communities.

The faith delegation will include General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, Peter Noteboom, United Church Moderator, Richard Bott, Anglican Church of Canada Special Advisor for Government Relations and Rev. Canon Laurette Glasgow, and Christian Reformed Church pastor and CPJ Board Chair, Jim Dekker.

To contact local organizers, contact Deb Mebude at deb@cpj.ca.

Participants in this year’s Chew On This! events will be calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to strengthen the newly released national poverty plan, Opportunity for All. While the federal government has taken a critical step through the development of Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy, work is still needed to ensure real change for the millions of people experiencing poverty in Canada.

“This has been a historic year for the anti-poverty movement,” said CPJ’s Executive Director Joe Gunn. “With the launch of a federal strategy, we have more momentum than ever before. The work isn’t done, but we’re excited to see churches across Canada so engaged in seeking justice with and for the poor.”

On Oct. 17, Chew On This! participants across Canada will be calling for a plan that is strengthened, legislated, and fully funded in Budget 2019. It’s 2018. It’s time for a national poverty strategy that will truly end poverty in Canada.