- December 12, 2011 - 14:55
Mr. Jones, instead of giving booze just because you have your own axe to grind, why don't you ask yourself what would best satisfy the actual needs of the food bank's clients, and give accordingly?
- December 10, 2011 - 11:50
Brian, thank you. You expressed my sentiments perfectly. Let's do something about the root causes of poverty so that people don't have to rely on food banks and so they can reclaim some of their dignity.
- December 09, 2011 - 11:54
Good article Brian, coming from someone who has been involved with food banks since the late 80's. You are dead right on many points. First, if we got cash rather than food, 30% of which is usually outdated or already opened (cereals, cookies and crackers etc), we could feed the needy much better food than we do. As well, and some people are finally getting the point, that if you donate cash through your church, or directly to a food bank you will get a receipt that you can claim on your income tax. As well, the vast majority that we serve are in need for many reasons, some age, some medical, some unable to find work, and we do help the working poor, they do exist. There are many seniors who are just unable to make it on CPP alone, and have to make decisions on whether to eat, heat or medicate. There are many who are in poor health so survive on Social Services, and we have many who are trying to cope on minimum wage while raisinf a family, and there are so many single parents today too. the vast majority of food bank clients would rather work, and do not for good reason, there is very little abuse of the system here. Also, the euphemism " The poor will always be with us" is also overused and is actually out of context with what Jesus was saying, but that's another topic. We will always need food banks, they were needed long before they came into being, my fondest dream is that some day we will close our doors because we are no longer really needed.