I don’t know, I think it they can be and for some people, have to be a solution, albeit one that people are unwilling to take until backed into a corner purely because of pervasive ideological bias that everyone has to provide for themself and not rely on others, even when the potential one has to do that becomes increasingly unrealistic.
Our modern profit-driven society is like that; circular; so many of the jobs people do don’t actually NEED to be done; so many people that do work pretend all the time to be enthusiastic and care about the company and improving effectivenesses and keeping costs down when in reality no-one gives a shit. Just saying the right things to get ahead.
We live in a country where people work crazy long hours for little reward, little free time, and little desire to do a good job. Work-life balance for many is completely up the creek. We have students paying and indebting themselves ridiculously to struggle through degrees while living on hardly anything, not having time to take a part-time job to make ends meet because of increasingly competitive university courses; a First is devalued from what it was, from what our parents encouraged us to go to uni for; and competition from international students. Even when you try to get a job, no joy, because youre competiting with school kids who’ll cost less, and people with years of experience who’ve been laid off from their own jobs. A cycle no-one can win.
These are the problems driving people to food banks; a realisation that if you’re scraping by on 56 quid a week or whatever and you could get some ‘free’ food (a term that’s highly suggestive of thievery; its DONATED food that would go to waste if you didnt take it) that could let you keep more money for your heating or your electric bill, maybe that would be a good idea. Even so, the British psyche is too proud to consider this anything but a shameful last resort.
Everyone knows the causes but they are so many no-one is willing to talk about reforming the system to be better equipped to deal with this. At least by using suggestive language when reporting on these cases they can weaken public support for such issues and demonise those who use food banks; just so that people keep paying for price hiked and overpriced food from the supermarkets and they can profit more from the poor as well as their own underpaid staff. Insidious, that’s what it is. Its not just a problem you can easily diagnose and fix like that, but it doesnt help when no-one seems to actively care about the situation.
And yes, some of the people that claim, you may think are scum-of-the-earth types. But if you believe in their right to have food, you have to concede that they need food banks, because how else to get food than a food bank or stealing? So much food goes to waste in this country and people are still getting het up about people taking the handouts that people can afford to put into storage specifically for them.
Its no mother Teresa thing; no-one’s bankrupting themself donating an extra bag of rice to the foodbank.