Food banks are becoming a contentious issue.
Edwina Curry ( former Conservative MP) says they're not the answer.
Perhaps not... but they are feeding people, so they are a solution perhaps, to immediate hunger. A solution to not having enough money for necessities. Like food.
In the documentary below Edwina Curry states that buying food used to be a priority for people,( old fashioned values ) but it's no longer a priority, as they know they can get free food...from the Food Bank.
The increase in the number of food banks (and the number of people dependent on them) in this developed nation of ours in a concern. It's also being reported that many banks have begun to recieve funding from local councils, causing outrage that government welfare policies are helping to create/fuel further poverty yet as a result, are still having to provide funds to support those most affected.
Some say it makes no sense.. that it's a vicious cycle.
The Church's stance is that this situation is immoral. Studies have shown that a country with large disparities in wealth, with increasing wealth inequality, (often linked to gender, ethnicity, social class), will experience greater societal problems, increased crime, lack of trust between individuals, low reciprocity, poorer health, mental, physical and spiritual.. among other things..
Edwina's not all wrong.. but she overlooks the impact of government policies on the lives of citizens, and sticks with the usual formula of cultural pathology.