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Fast Company has a story suggesting that there is a fundamental flaw in the food bank system - "it’s designed to mitigate hunger, not fix the underlying problems that cause it: millions of people in the country still rely on donated food - even if they have full-time work."

The argument is that the country has a wage problem, not a hunger problem, and that maybe some food banks are addressing the wrong problem.

An excerpt:

"…the country’s system of hunger relief, and the philanthropy supporting it, needs to continue to evolve. That evolution means food banks’ new end goal is to essentially put themselves out of business. But as they work on that challenge, by turning toward more pointed advocacy in the fight against the causes of hunger, it often means threatening the very donors that provide them with funds and food: Supermarket giants are often the companies paying the low wages that mean even employed workers must seek help at the food banks. And without those corporate partners, their primary mission of hunger relief comes under threat."

It is complicated, and you can read the entire story here.
KC's View:
I suspect that some businesses might find it surprising that they are being held partially responsible for the same problem that they've been donating so much product as a way of providing a solution.