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The limits of church, the duty of state

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“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”  — Dom Helder Camara

When we broke the story about many seniors who are falling through the cracks, some spoke up to say this would be a great project for churches to take on. We disagree entirely and are happy to see Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services begin to fill this gap, thanks to funding from the City for a pilot.

First, let me say that our churches, charities, and non-profits are run by some of the finest people one could ever meet. But it is part of the neoliberal, corporate-first mindset that has normalized the idea of charity to this degree.

The first food bank in Canada opened its doors only in 1981, supposedly a temporary response to a recession. Instead, they have proliferated across Canada as inequality has widened and ordinary Canadians have suffered.

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10,000 of our neighbours in Kawartha Lakes don’t have enough to eat

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10,000 of our neighbours don’t have enough to eat
Food banks were supposed to be a temporary measure.

Some of our neighbours are hungry. Others are constantly deciding between utilities or food. That this should happen in Canada — a major food producer for the world — should be reprehensible to us.

Food insecurity is usually defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” And we are – officially, at least – collectively against it. We have agreed at the United Nations that food is a basic human right and that right protects every human from hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source key part of Lindsay Farmer’s ‘Christmas Market’
Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source will play a key role at the Lindsay Farmers’ Market’s 25th annual Christmas market to be held Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Lindsay Armouries.

As part of the festivities, from 9 am to 3 pm on each day, Kawartha Lakes Food Source will have a vendor’s booth to fundraise and to create awareness of the issue of hunger in the local community, especially at Christmas time.

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