Byline update: Rabble

I wrote about poverty and an alternative to food banks for Rabble. Here is a sample:

“Woodstock is a small town with big city problems,” says Steve Giuliano, a self-described “community chaplain.” Nestled in southern Ontario’s Oxford County, the town of 38,000 has more than its share of problems. Substance abuse and unemployment throttle development.

Operation Sharing, a charity run by local churches, is discovering new ways of helping the less fortunate. Giuliano, Operation Sharing’s director, has found success in eschewing traditional forms of humanitarianism for more innovative programs.

Seven years ago, Operation Sharing abandoned its food bank, opting instead for Foods for Friends, a system that uses non-transferable cards with a pre-determined amount of money. People who qualify for the program can use the card to buy non-taxable groceries. Locals are asked to donate a quarter to the program at the checkout of participating stores.

Read the article here: http://rabble.ca/news/2013/08/hungry-hearts-grassroots-alternative-to-food-banks-small-town-ontario

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~ by braddunne on August 28, 2013.

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