Is it time to close Canada’s food banks?

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When the issue of local poverty came to a crisis in Georgina, Ontario, religious leaders from 18 churches, including the Salvation Army, and food pantry volunteers met with the Mayor to discuss how the hungry could be helped, a social problem this community felt was spiraling out of control.

The Globe and Mail recently published an article, “It’s time to Close Canada’s Food Banks.” The author suggests that food banks have become “a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty.” She goes on to state that food banks have had 25 years to end hunger, and now they’re a normal feature of our landscape.

The Salvation Army operates food banks under the umbrella of its community and family services. Individuals and families experiencing poverty are assisted on many different levels.

Food banks may be part of the problem as it relates to solving the issue of poverty, but will eliminating them end hunger? Until all Canadians have a standard of living adequate for health and well-being food banks should exist.

No one wants to see Canadians go hungry.

 

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