Article: Food Banks aren’t a solution

When The Stop was launched in the 1980’s, it never intended to last. Our founders believed that they were fulfilling a temporary need to get food to the city during a recession. 

More than 35 years later, The Stop Community Food Centre is still a keystone of Toronto’s fight against food insecurity. Our focus is on providing the opportunity for folks to come together around food in ways that are dignified and collaborative.

However, the roots causes of food insecurity in our community can’t be addressed by single organization. What we need is for governments to step up, and stop treating food charity as a moral release valve.

We’re in The Ryersonian, talking the inadequacy of food banks, the “right to food” in Canada, and the opportunities presented by the newly launched Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council.