Food banks were originally meant as a short-term solution to food insecurity and hunger. According to Food Banks Canada ,”Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time.
Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.”
The need for food banks continues to increase as these charitable non-profit organizations that predominately depend on donations and volunteer labour, bridge the increasing gaps and shortfalls of our welfare system and other government policies that impact poverty issues.
Communities across Canada have benefited from these safety nets while many of these organizations have faced funding challenges. Not only do food banks need food to stock shelves but there are costs of transportation, storage, disposal, leases, and administration.