It’s time to close Canada’s food banks
A very intriguing article was published in the Globe and Mail on Monday about food banks in Canada, which started off as a band-aid solution many years ago, and were supposed to “fix” the problem and run themselves out of business within a few years of beginning their services. The article is very thought-provoking, and is worth taking a few moments to read.
Here is an excerpt from the article.
The first problem is that food banks can never end hunger.
Most people who could officially be classified as “hungry” simply don’t use them. In the only national survey that bothered to ask (conducted by Human Resources Development Canada), one in four hungry Canadians used food banks. Many would rather go hungry than accept charity. Or they choose to leave the food for those who, they tell themselves, “really” need it.
Research shows that even those who use food banks go hungry. That’s because food banks can only supply what is donated. Given the overwhelming demand for their services and their limited supply, food banks must ration how much they provide to clients. Most restrict households to a once-a-month hamper.
You can read the full article here.
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