May 1, 2020
Food charity has been called “a miracle of the human spirit” by Sylvain Charlebois, a Canadian food distribution researcher at Dalhousie University. The real miracle, however, would be ending the emergency altogether. Food charity is, at best, a Band-Aid solution. At its worst, it actually exacerbates the problem. Graham Riches, an emeritus professor at the University of British Columbia and a tireless proponent of the right to food, has called food charity a “moral safety valve” that absolves us of responsibility to address the root causes of poverty in a more effective and humane way.