Four million hungry Canadians. More than a million kids living in Canadian households where there is not enough food. Almost 20,000 Kingstonians living in poverty. More than 6,500 people using Kingston’s Partners in Mission Food Bank.

These are overwhelming statistics. Where do we even begin to tackle hunger?

For more than 30 years, we have turned to food banks to solve hunger. The idea that food banks can make hunger disappear is appealing in its simplicity. Hungry people need food. If we give food to hungry people, then they won’t be hungry anymore. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, the food bank solution to hunger isn’t working…