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Chapter 11

HLTH 101 Chapter Notes - Chapter 11: Food Bank

Health Studies
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HLTH 101
Elaine Power

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Food Banks Debate
Poppendieck, J. (1994). Dilemmas of emergency food: A guide for the perplexed. Agriculture
and Human Values, 11(4), 69-76.
Power, E. (2011, 25 July). Time to Close our Food Banks. The Globe and Mail.
In favour of the resolution to close food banks
- By promising to "end hunger" by feeding hungry Canadians, they provide a comforting
illusion that no one is hungry - or if they are, it's their own fault food banks will never
fully end hunger.
- Only one in four Canadians who is actually classified as “hungry” use the food banks,
because the other are too proud to go and take the charity of the food bank
- Even the one out of four people whoa actually use food banks reportedly still go hungry
This is because food banks run off of what is donated to them and from that
amount they have to ration the food out to everyone who is coming to receive
they can’t give food based off of what will fully fill someone up.
Food banks aren’t keeping people full but instead just giving enough to keep
people alive essentially
- The issue of hunger is way too big for community based charities to solve
Food banks were created as a short term solution they were originally given 25
years to end hunger however now people are just becoming dependent on them
for survival
- Food banks are somewhat letting the government off the hook for their blatant disregard
of their obligation to ensure income security for all Canadians
They see food banks as something that may be able to solve this issue that they
created its an easy way out for them
- Food banks also create an “us” vs. “them” ideology as “us” as the people who are
sweeping in to save “them” the poor people who can’t afford to save themselves
As a child and even until grade 12 we had programs at out school where around
the holidays and around Halloween we would collect non-perishable foods to
donate t the food bank every time we were doing this we were told that we were
helping the “less fortunate” and the “poor” we were saving them from hunger.
- Because food programs are not government controlled there is very little standardization
among localities, and the distribution of goods is up to the charities and non profit
organizations instead of being the same across the board once again they also create an
“us” vs. “them” mentality where the more fortunate are “saving: the poor.
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