There’s something horribly wrong when Canada produces plenty of food for everyone, yet there are many people who are dependent on food banks to eat, says Graham Riches, the co-editor of a new book looking at how wealthy countries around the world address hunger.

A retired director of the school of social work at the University of British Columbia, Riches co-edited First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? with Tiina Silvasti, a social and public policy professor from Finland.

“Hunger has successfully been socially constructed as a matter for charity and not an issue requiring the priority attention of the state and public policy,” says a chapter that deals with Canada’s response to hunger, which Riches co-authored with Valerie Tarasuk at the University of Toronto.