Marilyn Hermann, executive director of the Surrey Food Bank, appeared on the Tuesday night discussion at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver to answer why a wealthy province such as British Columbia has over 100,000 people relying on food banks every month, how it became like this, and what kind of role should food banks play.

We have a deeply inadequate welfare rate … We all know how much housing and food and all the other costs have skyrocketed.

She notes that British Columbia is the only province lacking a poverty reduction strategy. She urges B.C. government to develop such strategy and calls for increases in welfare/disability rates and the minimum wage.

Read the full article from CBC, and listen to the full panel discussion.