29 Jul '11, 8pm

Will Closing Food Banks Help End Hunger?

Will Closing Food Banks Help End Hunger?

Speaking from a Canadian perspective, Queen's University Professor Elaine Power explains this position in The Globe and Mail . It's time to close our food banks. I've reached this conclusion after 18 years of researching food, hunger and poverty; volunteering at food banks; serving on a food bank board; and recently taking part in a challenge where I ate from a typical food bank hamper for three days. Power suggests that food banks are incapable of ending hunger partially because people who could be considered hungry don't use them and they can only supply what is donated, which is often insufficient both in nutritional value and volume. Much of the food that is donated comes from corporations that may have motivations beyond feeding the hungry. Food banks are good for corporations, especially food corporations. They can use food banks to offload edible food they can't sel...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/will-closing-food...

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