Why are we continuing to put so much effort into filling up food banks instead of working to close them? I know it doesn’t seem possible in this current economic climate with Ontario continuing to lose full-time jobs, but I believe we have to entertain the notion.

How, you might ask, could we possibly close them when so many people in our communities rely on them?

Well, as Put Food in the Budget (PFIB) reminds us in their latest discussion paper, “We Need to Talk — Who banks on food banks?,” one way would be for the Ontario government to set social assistance and minimum wage rates high enough so that people could afford their own food.