Why does government allow transnational food corporations such as McCain, PepsiCo and Walmart to source and promote the Canadian food bank industry? Is feeding “leftover” food to “left behind” people really the best we can do? Whatever happened to public policy and the right to food?

Four million Canadians struggling or unable to put food on the table, including Indigenous people, the worst affected, do indeed constitute a national crisis. In food-secure Canada, the problem is not lack of food but of purchasing power. Health Canada’s surveys confirm this. Hungry Canadians need cash to buy their food in normal, customary and dignified ways.

U.S.-style food banking was imported to Western Canada in 1981, by 1989 becoming an institutionalized second tier of Canada’s leaking social safety net.