How Food Bank Dependency Hurts Your Family
Food banks in Canada emerged as a result of the 1980’s recession. It was a way that caring neighbors and communities tried to support local families with food in this “emergency” situation. A situation of major business restructuring that also resulted in lost jobs and personal bankruptcies.
So as families scrambled, trying to restructure their own finances, the ability to buy food for many, became a huge struggle.
Initially, Food Banks were supposed to help you over a short-term period of time. Just so you could:
- stand back,
- reassess your financial situation,
- make necessary changes,
- and get on with life once again.
However, after 30 years, Food Banks are no longer just an “emergency” assistance. They have become deep rooted in our society and communities as:
- the expected,
- and entitled right for families to access.
- In need or not.
Instead of being there to give you a “hand up” in a moment of crisis, many in society are no longer trying to “get up” anymore, but rather, they are expecting to “be served”.
This sense of entitlement has resulted in multiple generational usage of Food Banks. This Food Bank dependency hurts your family.
Dependency Now Resulting In Generational Usage
Emergency Food Banks are no longer just a short-term solution for families. Instead they have grown to being a long-term solution for tens of thousands across our nation. Barry and I personally know families that are 2nd or 3rd generation Food Bank users. Families very dependent on their local Food Bank to provide the bulk of their groceries every month, year after year. Food Banks become their main Grocery Store.
More and more Food Banks continue to emerge in communities. In our own region, I did a recent survey and discovered 11 Food Banks. That is 1 Food Bank for every 6,000 people.
It is estimated that 850,000 people every month all across Canada access Food Bank services.
Public outcry continues to insist that more be done for the hungry, resulting in the addition of :
- Breakfast Clubs
- and now Lunch Programs too.
How did we go from families being able to independently provide meals for our families to a system where schools are supplyng 2 of the 3 daily meals? Are we creating a dependency rather than independence?
I believe we are.
Give A Fish Or Teach To Fish
There is an old expression about whether it is better to give someone who is hungry a fish to eat today, or rather, take it one step further. To teach them, by equipping them with the tools and skills, to catch their own fish so they can eat tomorrow too!
By allowing your life to be directed by Government Agencies or even Community Groups, do you lose your independence? In many cases, yes, you do.
There are exceptions, where some of these agencies are teaching you the skills and handing the decision making process back into your hands. However, sadly, over the 30 years of the existence of Food Banks, many people have become more dependent, not independent.
How Does Food Bank Dependency Actually Hurt Your Family?
As a Food Bank user, deep down inside, you already know many of these harmful results. You just may have been ignoring them in the false belief that you need the Food Bank.
Yes, perhaps, for an emergency you might. But is every day and every year an emergency? Is the your life and the future adult lives of your children nothing more than an emergency? No.
So, let’s take a closer look at exactly how over usage of Food Banks hurts both you and your family.
- The loss of your financial privacy
- having to answer intrusive personal questions
- loss of your dignity
- losing the right to choose your own food. The Food Bank makes the decision for you by pre-selecting food items.
- Feelings of hopelessness
- loss of decision making
- feelings in inadequacy
- loss of confidence
- fear of failure
- over burdened
- and more
And these feelings are not just isolated to you. If you are a parent, then know that the effects influence your children too. As you perfect your “elevator pitch”, you know, that story you have to tell every Government Agency or Community Group you request help from, your children are listening and learning. They are learning how to beg.
A Hopeless Dependent System
Can you see the trap now? How the Food Bank system that once helped you in an emergency, has stripped you of your independence?
You feel like you have no hope. With no hope, why try?
Do Food Banks listen to the fact that little “Johnny” despises peas? So here you are, a can of peas, and still no vegetables for your child. You know “Johnny” loves corn, but that information falls on deaf ears.
The Food Bank system once set up to help you, has someway, somehow, ended up doing just the opposite. This is an instance where a helping became a hurting.
Now Is The Time To Be Empowered Towards A Hope And A Future
So what can we do to change the system? Sure, as an emergency measure, Food Banks are probably always going to be needed. However, how do we help you move back towards independence?
At Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, we desire to help you find your independence once again. The desire is to see you EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
We desire to see you:
- stand back up on your own two feet
- have your self-worth restored
- realize you are valuable
- and to know there is hope and a future
We desire here to show you love, compassion, and understanding. But we also desire to encourage you to become strong once again.
So be encouraged today.
By identifying your dependency on the Food Bank system, your eyes are now fully opened. This realization alone puts you back in the driver’s seat, back in control.
Now you can rethink your dependency on this system of food for your family. Change your mindset.
Come back here to Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs often while you regain your independence. You will find plenty of assistance here to EMPOWER you.
Changing your mindset requires determination and learning new skills. Learning new skills such as:
- How To Read A Meat Label
- Fresh Food Basket Program
- Good Food Box Program
- A Pantry Challenge for Beginners
- Basic Budgeting When You Are Broke
- Needs VS Wants: The Wall of Financial Decisions
Here you will find tools and the skills needed to put the control and decision making about your life back into your hands. Starting today, you can make decisions that will help you break the chains of Food Bank dependency. Sure it may take some time, and maybe still several months, but you will gain your independence.
Tools and skills that will teach you how to feed your family and get you into the grocery store. Wouldn’t it be nice to buy the food you know you and your family want to eat? Or perhaps to try something new?
Sure you can. We are going to show you how. Be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, starting today.