Four million Canadians experience food insecurity — far too many in a country as wealthy as Canada. We are not going to end poverty with canned food donations. Our elected officials need to be thinking bolder about what it will actually take to end poverty in Canada — not cutting programs that help those who struggle the most.

One of the biggest challenges in effectively tackling poverty is that we have made it the responsibility of charity. Our over reliance on food banks and corporate food charity as our default response has proven ineffective at achieving long-term change. Also consider that 21 per cent of food banks report having had to turn people away because there was no food to give out.

We need to focus on food as a human right and building a food system that includes the elimination of poverty and food insecurity.