“The federal and provincial governments need to do more to address the reasons why people have to go to food banks.” That’s the view of Marilyn Hermann, Executive Director of Surrey Food Bank.

Peter Sinclair, Executive Director of Nanaimo Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank, asserts, “I think first and foremost, support from the government for people living in poverty needs to be increased.”

Graham Riches, emeritus professor of social work at the University of British Columbia, says there needs to be a full public debate about the role of food banks and the concept of “using surplus food and wasted food to actually feed hungry people.” That debate, that discussion, he says, needs to be “out in the public”.

Riches questions why the CBC, a public institution, is supporting food bank drives when the real debate should be about the right to food. His question is not rhetorical, but he gets no good answer. Actually, he gets no answer at all.