Food banks, soup kitchens, and the latest PEI Food Share are permanent fixtures in our present-day society.
While there will always be a need and people to step up to fill it, is it getting to be all too much?
“Overwhelming” was the word used to describe the number of groups and individuals who have a hand in making sure no one on PEI goes hungry.
To look at an informal map of the aid, which Anne Mazer of the Food Security Network put together last week, is overwhelming.
It illustrates 58 different projects tip to tip on PEI, all falling in the volunteer and/or non-profit category.
Even so, it is only the tip of the iceberg if you consider all the people who give generously to these groups.
What is the solution?
It is refreshing to see the provincial government taking a step in the right direction by looking into developing Harvest Connection.
The program, already running in Nova Scotia, connects farmers looking for employees with people on social assistance, allowing the clients to earn a certain amount of money while working on the farms and not have their assistance funding cut.
It’s a great idea, but why limit it to farms?
By some accounts people on social assistance don’t have enough money to make ends meet.
Give them the option of earning enough to live on at whatever job is available.
Then there would be a lot less need for the tangled web of volunteer programs set up to feed the hungry.
It might even lead those stuck in a cycle of poverty to finding a way out.