Have food banks reached their best before date?

A panel of experts at Thursday’s York Region Food Network annual general meeting is leaning to the affirmative.

“We hear from people living on low income that food banks play a role in helping them stretch their small budgets,” network executive director Joan Stonehocker said. “However, after three decades, food insecurity continues to be a problem.”

Food banks are not the answer and are likely diverting valuable public support away from real solutions to this complex problem, she said.