More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 is revealing critical weaknesses in how we care for each other. While many Canadians are being thrown out of work and need emergency food assistance, food banks have had to shut down operations to deal with physical distancing requirements, reduce staffing as elderly volunteers stay home to self-isolate and ration food as donations decline.

Incoming 2020 Wall Scholar Jennifer Black, a professor in UBC’s faculty of land and food systems, co-wrote an op-ed about the high rates of food insecurity in Canada and the need to adequately address it.