Mother Corp misses the point

Dear editor,

So, now CBC has done some research concluding we may need government laws and regulations that force grocery stores to send food to food banks, especially if it is almost too old to sell. Aaaah, wouldn’t that be a sweet tweet?

Government has to legislate a charitable action? How kind to force grocery chains to help the poor in this way.

What is missed in all this is that this is one more example of letting society and government off the hook when it comes to dealing with poverty and homelessness.

I am told that some people here in our beautiful and prosperous valley are working at full-time jobs but are homeless because they can’t afford the rent. What’s that all about?

CBC does a good job of increasing the squirm factor in some parts of our society. This time, the target is missed completely. We don’t need more support for food banks. We need more support to put food banks out of business.

Let’s hold a mirror up to society and ask: How come in 2016, we have 20 per cent of B.C. children living in poverty, many of their families relying on food banks?

Cliff Boldt

Courtenay

 

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