Why Governments Can Safely Ignore Hunger Corporate food charity keeps hunger off political agenda


Over the past 30 years, Canadians have increasingly been led to believe that community compassion expressed through charitable food handouts is the most effective way of feeding our hungry poor and homeless. Since the establishment of the first food banks in the early 1980s, domestic hunger has become increasingly socially constructed as a matter for philanthropy, not as a political and human rights issue necessitating the priority attention of governments.

Publication date: 
Feb 2011
Graham Riches
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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