- Category: Community Columns
- Published: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:22
The news comes just days after the local "Better Together Food Drive" and the day after I talked about what a worthwhile charity "Hunger in Moose Jaw" is.
Today, we're learning the use of food banks is rising drastically across the country.
In Saskatchewan alone, food bank use was up over 17% from the year before. And, while refugees have added to the count, there has also been a spike in rural areas, where you don't find many refugees.
It's also remarkable that single people make up about 50% of food bank use and while single parents make up about 10% of our population, they account for 22% of people using food banks.
How do we solve this problem? Well, Food Bank Canada is urging government to consider a new, national basic income program to replace what we know as welfare or social assistance.
So, then what? Tax the middle class to make up some ground and end up with more people at the food bank? Catch 22.