A food bank in Woodstock, Ontario shares their success with Operation Sharing, a program where they give users gift cards so people can buy food at grocery stores.
It gives people the dignity to shop for themselves and we don’t need to have a big warehouse to store food. All we need is a small office space that we can interview people with … it gives people the opportunity to buy fresh produce, dairy products and stuff like that that’s not always readily available at a traditional food bank. John Klein-Geltink, Operation Sharing board vice-chair
Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Bank B.C., shares her concern with such program, however, she does say that she is willing to look at any successful food bank program outside B.C.