Food banks in Greater Victoria are currently vital for meeting the immediate needs of thousands of people; however, Canada needs long term solutions to poverty that will allow reliance on food banks to decrease.
We need to believe that individual donors, and charities are doing the best they can. They cannot, however, provide to those living in poverty the level of food security that the rest of us enjoy; only the government can provide an adequate service. Perhaps governments should have raffles and bake sales toward the purchase of new jails and military hardware, but spend our tax dollars on social programs that will reduce poverty and help build a better future for all of us.
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Source: Times Colonist