By Joe Ip
While students are generally preoccupied with exams and excessive workloads during this time of year, many less fortunate individuals are without homes and already contemplating the harsh winter ahead. The Let’s Can Hunger project was devised by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) to mitigate the problem of local poverty. This year’s community project is geared toward helping homeless middle-age to elderly men living in downtown Vancouver. As the name of the project suggests, non-perishable food items (cans) will be distributed. While food is certainly a priority for the homeless, Let’s Can Hunger will also be providing necessities that various organizations have neglected to provide in the past, including haircuts, books, and support services.
Like many projects undertaken by SIFE, Let’s Can Hunger offers students opportunities to utilize business skills acquired in classroom settings to real-life causes. SIFE’s slogan – “a head for business; a heart for the world” – is clearly exemplified by their community project’s targeting the most vulnerable individuals in the Lower Mainland. The persistent efforts of the Let’s Can Hunger team aim to increase awareness of poverty in Vancouver and provide tangible results for those in need. The provision of basic necessities is the first step in empowering poverty-stricken individuals.
Let’s Can Hunger has secured a location through various sponsors at a residence in downtown Vancouver called The Gathering Place; the venue is located near Granville Street on 609 Helmcken Street. The event takes place on November 18th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Politicians and members of parliament alike have offered their support for this humanitarian cause; show your elected representatives your compassion and support by attending!