From British Columbia to PEI, harvest season is wrapping up. Many Canadians are thankful to live in a country that is as beautiful and abundant as Canada. To show that thankfulness, and in the spirit of abundant harvests, why not get involved in Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Harvest of Letters?
Through the Harvest of Letters, Canadians are invited to send a letter to their member of Parliament to let the federal government know they care about Canada’s role in ending global poverty and enabling people around the world to improve their access to basic needs, like nutritious food, health and education.
One of the ways Canadian Foodgrains Bank works to end global hunger is by influencing public policies. Canadian citizens are important to realizing policy change, by voicing their support and sending personal letters or emails to their members of Parliament.
“During our Good Soil campaign, we were told by MPs that without support from Canadians, increasing Canada’s international assistance would be very difficult,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius. “However, we think that Canadians do care about people and communities around the world who do not have access to basic things like food and education, and that’s what this campaign aims to demonstrate.”
Right now, Canada contributes 0.26 percent of its Gross National Income (GNI) to helping the world’s poorest citizens—below what similar countries give (0.54 percent) and well below the accepted global target of 0.7 percent of GNI.
“There’s a lot of noise out there. It’s important for Canadians who care deeply about ending poverty and making a difference for people around the world who are suffering to make sure their voices are heard,” says Cornelius.
“We want to let the Canadian government know that Canadians do care about global issues, and that it’s important to them that their country takes a leading role in responding to suffering in the world,” he adds.
For help crafting your letter, or for ideas on how to include letter-writing in your classroom, church, or living room, visit our website.
–Amanda Thorsteinsson, Communications Coordinator