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What Are We Doing About Hunger in Canada?

by Ashley Chapman

Before the early ‘80s, there were no food banks in Canada. They were introduced as a temporary measure, but have since been entrenched—according to one long-time food bank volunteer—as “the grocery stores of the poor.”

In October,  45 volunteer groups in 36 Canadian cities hit the streets for an event dubbed “Chew on This!” organized by Dignity for All: The campaign for a poverty-free Canada. Everyone from food bank volunteers to anti-poverty coalitions to Christian university students hit the streets with a simple message: Canada needs an anti-poverty plan.

Food banks, meal programs and shelters are currently necessary, but they are also effective at masking Canada’s poverty rate. Approximately one in seven people are poor, and one in eight struggle to put food on the table.

While many Christians are drawn to important frontline charitable work, “Chew on This!” co-organizer Janelle Vandergrift explains that food banks don’t address the some of the factors that keep people in poverty.

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