How do you help people who cannot afford to feed themselves? In trying to answer that question just over eight years ago in Woodstock, Ont., Stephen Giuliano started by shutting down the local food bank.

“Programs that are created to specifically address the needs of the poor almost always end up becoming poor programs,” Giuliano says in his sparsely furnished basement office attached to a United Church. “We need a paradigm shift.” He’s the director of Operation Sharing, an organization that offers a range of community service programs to residents of Oxford County, two hours west of Toronto. For decades, a food bank was among those programs, but Giuliano thought it had become a poor program, and he thought he had a better idea.