It will be a happy day in Norfolk when the last food bank closes its doors for good.

That’s no knock on the hardworking staff and volunteers who get much-needed food into the hands of residents in need every week. But, food banks were only ever supposed to be a temporary solution to poverty brought on by economic downturns. When the economy picked up, it was presumed, the need for food banks would go away.

That food banks have remained a central pillar of our response to food insecurity speaks to our inability as a society to find lasting solutions to poverty.