Hunger Awareness Week runs from May 6th – 10th this year. The CFC has organized several events throughout the week to inform community members young and old about the real culprit behind hunger; poverty.
The Table is kicking off the week with a challenge put out to several high profile community members; to live for 5 days on a hamper from the Good Food Bank. On May 6th challenge takers will meet at the Good Food Bank to collect a 3- 5 day supply of food. The rules are easy; challenge takers can make use of any of the free community meals available in and around town and can use up to 5 staples from their pantry (flour, cooking oil, sugar etc.). They may NOT accept free meals from friends and family or eat anywhere where they are required to pay for their food or drink. If they follow the rules can they make the hamper stretch for a full five days? To hear more about the challenge, listen in on Lake 88.1 on Tuesday May 7th at 5:30 PM and on Monday May 13th at 4:30 PM.
Also happening on Monday May 6th, the Table CFC is pleased to host a visit with Senator Hugh Segal. Listen in on Lake 88.1 at 4:30 PM as the Senator discusses his visit to Perth and then join us at the Table for a community meal with the Senator. After dinner it is on to the P.D.C.I auditorium at 13 Victoria St. where Mr. Segal will discuss poverty and income disparity in Canada from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to all community members.
On Thursday May 9th the Table is running a school event with over 100 grade 5 students. Students from St. John's Elementary, Queen Elizabeth, and the Stewart School will be meeting at the Crystal Palace for an eye opening lunch and fun, educational, activities that will shed a light on poverty and hunger. Keep an eye out for the students as they leave the Crystal Palace at 1:30 bearing handmade signs promoting good food for all.
On Friday May 10th the Table CFC is screening the movie "A Place at the Table". From the makers of Food Inc. this brand new documentary explores the connection between hunger and poverty. This event is free and open to all everyone. Movie time is 7:30 PM.
Finally on Saturday May 11th the Peer Advocates are hosting another FREE clothing giveaway from 10:00 - 12:00 at the Table, 190 Gore St. East. For more information on how you can donate please call 613-267-6428 ext. 29