No disrespect to food banks, but while the army of volunteers and staff who support these institutions need to be commended for their big hearts and hard work, we need to recognise that charity alone will never solve the hunger crisis.

If we are promoting charity we must promote social justice. Yes, ask for donations, but use these “asks” as an opportunity to increase awareness of the root causes of hunger.

People go to the food bank because they don’t have enough money for food. Eliminate poverty and we can dispense with food drives and food banks. Everyone is happier, especially those who have no option but to turn to food banks for a meal.