In his treatise entitled "Why Food Banks?" Geoffrey P. Lougheed notes that food banks used to be a stopgap measure to assist people until government assistance, in whatever form it may take, kicks in. However, he notes, this band aid measure has become institutionalized. Even though the Canadian public pays taxes to ensure that our basic economic needs are met, freedom from hunger being one of these, government has been reticent to reallocate funds from other much needed projects in order to finance such essential needs as ensuring that all Canadians are free from such social conditions as chronic hunger.
White, Robert and Cooper, Karyn
"A Response To: Why Food Banks?,"
Esurio: Journal of Hunger and Poverty:
1, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/esurio/vol1/iss1/16