Breaking the cycle of hunger on P.E.I.

Maureen Coulter
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Angela Lawlor of Charlottetown started a campaign called Moms vs. Hunger last year to help fight childhood poverty in the province. Food collection goes until March 4 and can be dropped off at The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry.

Moms vs. Hunger is challenging Islanders to see how many children a community can feed

A group of moms is calling on Islanders to support an initiative to help fight childhood poverty in the province.

Angela Lawlor of Charlottetown founded Moms vs. Hunger after watching an episode on 16X9 last year that delved into the issue of childhood poverty in the country. It discussed how 25 years ago, the Canadian government tried to eradicate childhood poverty in the country and how things have remained largely unchanged.

“We were just sitting around and I said something has to be done about this, like that’s terrible that all parties supported it and nothing actually has changed,” said Lawlor.

The mother of three boys reached out to the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry to see what she had to do to organize a food drive in Charlottetown.

“I just thought a food drive would be kind of the most direct way to help initially,” said Lawlor.

Last month, the food bank in Charlottetown served 588 families with 662 of them being children.

“There is a big need,” said Lawlor. “It’s sad what people are going through.”

Lawlor said it’s important for individuals to step out of their own bubble and see those struggling around them.

“Just walking down the street, walking into town, you are passing different neighbourhoods and it can be eye opening.”

“There is a big need. It’s sad what people are going through.” Angela Lawlor, founder of Moms vs. Hunger

Lawlor was on maternity leave last year and did most of the campaign work herself. She had 15 companies on board and had help with her Mom friends on collection day.

This year, Lawlor and her friends have been testing to see how far-reaching their network is and so far have doubled the participation with many schools, companies and organizations jumping on board.

“It’s quite exciting actually,” said Lawlor. “We have some big participants and lots of interest and lots of support.”

Yet, Lawlor has bigger dreams for this campaign she created.

“I have a vision of it becoming a non-profit organization where we can do the food drive yearly but also support other initiatives.”

She would also like to put together a cookbook of healthy meals for a reasonable price and provide cooking classes.

Lawlor reminds Islanders that the campaign ends March 4.

“I want it to do well,” said Lawlor, “I don’t just want to show up with a box of food. I want to make an impact.”

Need to know

To drop off food donations, visit the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry in Charlottetown.

For more information contact momsvshungergmail.com or call 902-892-7092.

Organizations: Upper Room Hospitality Ministry

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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