October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Health Unit Partnering with The Local to Raise Awareness
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Perth County – October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Staff from the Perth District Health Unit, along with the Local Community Food Centre, will be handing out brown paper lunch bags in Stratford’s Market Square over the noon hour, and talking with people about issues related to poverty and food insecurity.
The activity is part of the Chew on This! campaign, which is a national movement to raise awareness about food insecurity and call for the establishment of a national anti-poverty plan in Canada. The lunch bags will contain a snack, a magnet, information about the costs of eating well in Perth County and a postcard to say that “We Need a Plan” to end poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness in Canada.
Poverty and Food Insecurity
Nearly 900,000 people in Canada rely on food banks each month, and one in eight families struggle daily to put food on the table. Food insecurity results from a household’s inability to afford the food they need. “Poverty, income and food insecurity go hand-in-hand,” says Mackenzie Lawlor, Public Health Nurse. “We hope that these events will inspire people to take action to make life better for our fellow citizens.”