Launch of Do The Math Challenge

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Daily Update – October 4th, 2010

The Do the Math ‘Challenge’ was announced at a press conference at Queen’s Park this morning. Every day this week we will send out a brief update on activities and news around the province. Please forward this email among your networks. And follow the Challenge on http://pfib.posterous.com/ and on Twitter @putfoodinbudget

  1. Press Conference Highlights
  2. Provincial Challenge Team – Follow them
  3. Kitchener-Waterloo Challenge highlights
  4. Sudbury Launch – Follow Sudbury Challenge Team
  5. Cambridge Announcement – Follow Cambridge Team
  6. Spread the Word

1. Press Conference Highlights: Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson; Nadia Edwards from the Stop Community Food Centre and Bread and Bricks Davenport West Social Justice Group; Diana Stapleton from Weston Emergency Food Bank and Fred Hahn from CUPE Ontario all spoke in a clear and compelling way about the need for an immediate increase of $100 a month for every adult in Ontario on social assistance. You will be able to see video clips of their presentations on our website tomorrow.

2. Provincial Challenge Team: You can see a list of our Provincial Challenge team here. And follow them on the Challenge here.

3. Kitchener-Waterloo Challenge Team: began their Challenge on Thursday September 23 with an announcement at Waterloo Square and an endorsement from Mayor Brenda Halloran of the $100 a month increase. Their challenge concluded with a community meal on Friday October 1st attended by 50 people. Ashley, a student member of Challenge team said of her experience “It is not a challenge to live on such a small food budget – it is impossible”. See a video of her statement here. Front-page article in Kitchener-Record describes experience of Mike Farrell of 570 News Reporter here. You can read the blog of all the K-W Challenge Team members experience here.

4. Sudbury Challenge Team – Twenty four people in Sudbury are taking the challenge including Alice Haasdyk, a dietician at Sudbury Regional Hospital, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer for the Sudbury & District Health Unit, Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas and CBC Radio Morning North host Markus Schwabe. You can read the blog of all the Sudbury Challenge Team members here.

5. Cambridge Challenge Team – The Challenge Team includes more than a dozen high-profile residents. It will help kick off poverty-free month in Cambridge. The month will put poverty issues on the front burner at events including the hamper challenge, all-candidates meetings hosted by the social planning council, presentations to Cambridge council and MPP Gerry Martiniuk, as well as events at the food bank. You can see the article in the Cambridge Times here and follow the Challenge team online here.

6. Spread the Word: You can help us spread the word of the Do the Math Challenge by forwarding this email through your networks.  Thank you!!

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