“Any self-respecting community or society has to be able to imagine a place without food banks,” said Gerard Kennedy, founder of the Edmonton Food Bank and former leader of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. “You can’t separate people out in society and say, some get to go to a supermarket with 30,000 things in it and others get to go to a church basement and get served.

“The goal should be to get rid of hunger, extreme poverty, destabilization of families who want to get on their feet.”