The Dignity for All campaign is getting ready for our fourth annual ChewOnThis! event across the country, and we’re looking for volunteer organizers to help bring the message that we need a plan to end poverty in Canada.

Over the past three years, hundreds of individuals across the country have gathered to acknowledge October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, to spread the message that Canada needs a national anti-poverty plan. With 1 in 8 households in Canada relying on food banks each month, and almost 5 million people in poverty, people across Canada know that we need to act now.

Get a job. It seems so obvious, such an easy answer to poverty. But it’s funny how things work sometimes.

Young, single moms, for instance. . . They are among Londoners most likely to be living in poverty. See, it’s tough to get a job, if you don’t have child care. But then, how do you pay for child care if you don’t have a job?

People with disabilities or mental health issues – they fall into another demographic likely to be living in poverty. For people with certain disabilities – those who receive Ontario Disability Support Payments, which work out to less than $14,000 a year — work may not be an option