A UBC professor emeritus has written an open letter to Premier John Horgan asking for food to become a basic right, in the same manner as healthcare.

Graham Riches, who is the former director of the university’s school of social work, says food banks were created in the 1980s as something temporary, but have now been incorporated into the system and are serving as a “Band-Aid solution.”

“Really it’s shameful that in a country as wealthy as Canada and as [a province as] wealthy as B.C. that we have charitable food banks feeding hungry people,” said Riches.