Face of Poverty


The Face of Poverty Consultation calls attention to two significant dates in October.  October 16th is World Food Day and October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Community groups are finalizing plans to mark these two days in the Halifax area.  We hope many of you will join our activities on one or both days.

World Food Day celebrates the formation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on October 16, 1945.   In 1979 World Food Day was established to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for world change.  This is a global observance, not a public holiday.

The Face of Poverty Consultation will host a Lunch and Learn Session at Christ Church Anglican Church Hall, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth, on October 16th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.  A panel will address the topic “Food Banks and Beyond – Solutions for Eliminating Hunger in Our Community”. Speakers include representatives from the Dartmouth Community Food Centre, St. Paul’s United Church (Spryfield) Family Resource Institute, Food ARC of Mount Saint Vincent University, and a guest of a local food bank.  Bring your brown bag lunch and your concerns about food security in Halifax-Dartmouth. All welcome at this free public event.  We are counting on your support to help to create a world without hunger.

On October 17, 1987 French priest Father Joseph Wresinski gathered 100,000 human rights activists from around the world in Paris to launch a global call to action to eradicate extreme poverty.  The words he proclaimed are now famous: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated.  To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”  In 1992, the United Nations officially recognized October 17th as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The Community Advocates Network and their friends and allies are organizing an event on October 17 to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  You are invited to join them at 8:30 am at St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Halifax to share breakfast and to learn about food insecurity and poverty-related issues from people experiencing poverty through a panel discussion and open mic. This event will be followed by a march to Province House leaving St. Matthew’s at 10:30 am. These are free, family-friendly events. People are welcome at St. Matthew’s whether or not they plan to march.

The Community Advocates Network, its allies and friends, agree that poverty in the midst of plenty is a fundamental injustice and a denial of human rights, right here in Nova Scotia.  We are calling on the Nova Scotia Government to UNFREEZE THE RATES (in reference to the provincial government’s freeze on Income Assistance rates) and respect the dignity of all Nova Scotians by making the necessary investments with targets and timelines to end poverty and hunger in Nova Scotia.