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CHEW ON THIS: A CAMPAIGN TO ELIMINATE POVERTY IN CANADA

Posted by strattof on October 12, 2015

POVERTY IN SASKATCHEWAN: 6 KEY FACTS

SASKATCHEWAN is a wealthy province, and yet:

  1. 26,820 Saskatchewan residents use the food bank every month.
  2. Between 2013 and 2014, there was a 19.4% increase in food bank use in Saskatchewan.
  3. 8% of Saskatchewan food bank users are children.
  4. Many Saskatchewan families have to choose between paying the rent and buying food.
  5. Rent for a two bedroom apartment in Regina has increased 16% over the past three years.
  6. Regina’s shelter system is filled to capacity. Many other Regina residents make up the “hidden homeless,” staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis.

Studies show that poverty is the single biggest predictor of poor health for individuals. Poverty is like a disease that manifests itself in other illnesses or negative outcomes: diabetes, obesity, higher infant mortality rates, shorter life expectancy. The prescription for the disease of poverty is a higher income.

ELIMINATING POVERTY

Food banks and emergency shelters were started as temporary ways to address hunger and homelessness. They were never intended to be permanent measures. While charity is necessary right now, it doesn’t address poverty’s root causes.

What Canada needs is a FEDERAL ANTI-POVERTY PLAN.

TAKE ACTION: Visit the Chew On This website and see the national anti-poverty plan that has been developed. Share the plan with your friends, relatives, and neighbours.

Poverty is a human rights violation. October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a time to think beyond food banks and emergency shelters.

Many thanks to NATURE’S BEST MARKET, 2224 14th Avenue, for supporting the campaign to eliminate poverty through its donation of organic apples for us to chew on.

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