Undoubtedly, food banks allow some hungry Canadians to be somewhat less hungry. But research shows that the majority of hungry Canadians never go to a food bank — and even those that do so are still hungry. This doesn’t mean we need to donate more food to food banks. It means that we need to tackle the underlying problem, poverty.

There are countless ways our country would benefit from the elimination of poverty. Importantly, it would save us money in the long term. For every dollar spent in poverty reduction, we would save at least $2. The elimination of poverty would save us about 20 per cent of our health care costs. It would also save us buckets of money in the education and justice systems.