Re: Sorry, No Food: Bonnie on Food Banks in Toronto, Canada

Tom Boland (
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 16:23:23 -0800 (PST)

Bonnie, thanks for sending your great article on Toronto and Canada's Food
Banks.  I've used USA food banks, and many of your criticisms would also
apply south of the border.

Generally, folks can only go once a month, must have official ID, and get
mostly low-nutrition food.  But it beats nothing.

Fewer and fewer people qualify for Food Stamps after "Welfare Reform" in
the USA.  Plus the paperwork and work requirements for Food Stamps are a
nightmare.  So requests at Food Banks are way up this last year, according
to  recent report by the US Conference of Mayors.

The homeless-run center where I work part-time gives out food each weekday
(to anyone, without paperwork), but some staff and guests complain if a
person takes more than a day's worth of food.    We pay the Greter Boston
Food Bank only 12 US cents pound for the stuff, so I figure -- why not let
people take all they want, so that friends back at their squats can eat

Write on! -- Tom Boland, Boston

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