Is it time to close the London Food Bank?

That’s a “beautiful question,” says the head of a research program investigating food policy in Canada.

“It’s wonderful that the people operating the food bank are so critically reflective of their practice,” says Valerie Tarasuk, a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto and principal investigator for PROOF — a program to study food policies and food “insecurity” in Canada.

“We can certainly find other people running food banks that say it’s nothing to do with politics, saying ‘it’s our mission,’ or ‘we’ve got lots of food going into landfills, so this is environmental and charitable.’ ”