Food Share redundant?

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The people involved with this Food Share organization seem to be doing a good thing. But isn't this just a redundant service provided by churches around the city? That is taking from those who may throw out there leftovers and giving it to others who are running short of food. Many of us are aware of mid-morning drop-ins at the Salvation Army that offers an assortment of food with coffee and tea, to those in need.

All other churches around the city have people dropping by for a food handout. Also churches across the Island do Christmas baskets for the needy in their respective communities. Then there is the Upper Room Soup Kitchen, the Charlottetown Food Bank, as well as other food banks across the Island, supplying food to as many as can show up.

How many more of these food handouts do we need, before the people we elected into power see that we have a severe cycle of poverty in this province that needs to be addressed by the political leaders?

What about taking half-eaten food from house to house? My understanding is that food banks/soup kitchens will not take any donations that have been opened. So why this, now? Yes, there may be some left over loaves of bread or pastries in homes … but carting a half-eaten lasagna from house to house? No matter how good the intentions, I'm not sure how Health P.E.I. food inspectors will feel about this act of goodwill. I would not be above taking food if in need. But if others had their share first … hmmm, sorry, not for me. You're thinking if I were hungry enough, yes, I would take it. Being a senior on pensions, I can be grateful that I'm not there (yet).

Kathy Birt,

Mount Stewart

Organizations: Food Share organization, Salvation Army, Charlottetown Food Bank

Geographic location: Iceland, Mount Stewart

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