Cana­di­ans en­cour­aged to send a post­card to PM to share sup­port for aid

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - CON­TRIB­UTED --Amanda Thorsteins­son, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor, Cana­dian Food­grains Bank

Many Cana­di­ans who do­nate to help peo­ple around the world cite their thank­ful­ness for liv­ing in Canada as their rea­son for giv­ing back. They are glad to be able to help their far-away neigh­bours—and they want their coun­try to do the same.

Cana­dian Food­grains Bank is launch­ing a new cam­paign to en­cour­age Cana­di­ans to let the Gov­ern­ment of Canada know about their sup­port for end­ing global hunger and ex­treme poverty.

Through the I Care post­card cam­paign, Cana­di­ans are en­cour­aged to sign a post­card ad­dressed to the Prime Minister, let­ting him know they care about Canada’s role in end­ing global hunger and poverty, and they sup­port Canada con­tribut­ing gen­er­ously to­ward these goals.

“Cana­dian aid has trans­formed the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple over the years. We know Cana­di­ans are proud of our im­pact, and care deeply about the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether to build a bet­ter world,” says Food­grains Bank ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jim Cor­nelius.

Canada’s aid as a per­cent­age of its na­tional in­come has been slowly de­clin­ing. The de­cline comes de­spite con­tin­u­ing mas­sive needs in the world, in­clud­ing mil­lions of chil­dren dy­ing from mal­nu­tri­tion each year, and over 800 mil­lion peo­ple go­ing to bed hun­gry.

“It’s im­por­tant we speak with a united voice, and let the Gov­ern­ment of Canada know just how strongly we be­lieve in Canada’s abil­ity to be a force for good in the world,” says Cor­nelius.

Ad­vo­cat­ing for changes and im­prove­ments to pub­lic poli­cies is one of the ways the Food­grains Bank works to end hunger. Cana­dian cit­i­zens have an im­por­tant role in in­flu­enc­ing pol­icy changes by voic­ing their sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to their elected of­fi­cials.

Through its last post­card cam­paign, ap­prox­i­mately 25,000 Cana­di­ans sent post­cards to the Prime Minister, let­ting him know they be­lieve Canada should be con­tribut­ing more of its over­all aid bud­get to agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment to help small-scale farm­ers.

“We learned from that cam­paign that with­out an over­all in­crease to Canada’s aid bud­get, in­creased sup­port for agri­cul­ture would be highly un­likely,” says Cor­nelius, not­ing that MPs weren’t con­vinced Cana­di­ans would sup­port an in­crease to Canada’s aid bud­get.

“I hope many Cana­di­ans will take the op­por­tu­nity to sign and send a post­card, and en­cour­age their friends and neigh­bours to join them.”

“We’re ex­cited to see what change we can ac­com­plish when we work to­gether.”

To learn more or to or­der post­cards, visit www.food­grains­bank.ca/icare

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