The Ottawa Food Bank has announced that they are going to not accept donations of chips, pop, candy and yes KD = Kraft Dinner!  

What do you think?  

  • Should it be “Beggars can’t be choosers” or that “Everyone deserves access to healthy food?”.  
  • Have you ever donated to the food bank?  
  • What do you normally donate?  Will this affect how and if you donate to the food bank?  
  • Do you think that this decision will make a food bank better or worse? Why?

Here’s the link.  Then come back and comment on one or all of the questions above.  I’d love to hear what you think!

2 thoughts on “Should Food Banks Say “No Thank You” to Unhealthy Foods?

  1. Great topic for discussion. I do donate both cash and food to food banks in my city (US) and I see both sides but lean towards the “rejecting unhealthy food” policies. We know those foods increase insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and make folks more vulnerable to every other disease around. While it may seem too harsh a policy to accept no food over taking trashy calories on “behalf” of people who do not have enough, I think taking stand on behalf of people who need food banks and on behalf of their health is critical to create change. There is nothing that keeps people in a disempowered and downward cycle like keeping them on a diet of energy and health zapping food. When I give cash I specify it’s to be used for fresh food and when I give food I purchase a case of some kind of produce or cans of beans, tuna, whole grains, olive oil or other healthy ingredients.


    1. Good for you! I totally feel the same way. If I wouldn’t feed it to myself or my family, I do not want to feed it to someone else (directly or indirectly as a donation). Full tummies are one thing, but if we educate people that donate it is two fold: We are teaching healthier options as well as subliminal marketing to have them self-reflect on their own habits.

      Thanks for the comment!


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