The Hot Potato Initiative's core portfolio of projects encompass a three-pillar strategy: Community Activism, Community Education, and Community Engagement.


We combat the toxic stigma around homelessness through our media campaign featuring the homeless.

  1. THE HOT POTATO CAMPAIGN engages Canadians with stories of lived experiences (in the form of “Humans of New York”-inspired content) and works to give the homeless a voice and humanize the issue. Through social media, we are able to reach a national audience.


We educate youth on homelessness through our speaker series events and online resources.

  1. THE HOT POTATO GALA is an annual event combining a social evening of live music, catered food, and networking with an educational speaker series. Attendees are given an intimate opportunity to explore the underlying sources and structural failures of homelessness through firsthand accounts.
  2. THE HOT POTATO TALKS are a series of interviews with various stakeholders of the homelessness crisis. Members of the academic community, frontline workers, and individuals with lived experiences are invited into classrooms to start an important conversation among youth—and future voters. Learn More


We engage the community through our various outreach initiatives and network of affiliate chapters.

  1. THE HOT POTATO RUNS are outreach events facilitated by student organizers. Through the distribution of baked potatoes to residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, we provide temporary hunger alleviation while simultaneously offering our volunteers an opportunity to directly engage in dialogue with the homeless.
  2. THE SCHOOL NETWORK PROGRAMME comprises of official chapters in high schools across the Lower Mainland, that engage youth directly within their communities through educational meetings, promotional events, and fundraisers. Our Brand Ambassadors promote The Initiative and our mission through social media, word-of-mouth, and outreach.


The Hot Potato Initiative Founded

September 2016

The Hot Potato Gala Raises $2,000

September 2017

The Hot Potato Campaign Launched

October 2017

500 Meals Delivered

January 2018

Campaign Reaches 50K Canadians

January 2018

The Hot Potato Gala Raises $1,000

September 2018

2,000 Meals Delivered

January 2019

Campaign Reaches 100K Canadians

February 2019

White Paper Released

March 2019



The Hot Potato Initiative is a youth-led movement working to eliminate the toxic stigma around homelessness & rally everyday citizens to take action.


The Hot Potato Initiative is legally incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Our non-profit number is S0066891.

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The Hot Potato Initiative acknowledges the Coast Salish Nations of Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, and Kwikwetlem on whose traditional territories we gather.