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Bias at the Food Bank
October 2022 - update
After the September Issue Article about Bias at the Food Bank, The Village Voice received a call back from Dan with the Association of Food Banks BC - that was on September 9th.
Dan from Food Banks BC was cordial and indicated that he wanted to help resolve the issues at the 100 Mile Food Bank. To that end he initiated the process. We subsequently heard from Amanda, the manager of the 100 Mile Food Bank.
While Amanda couldn’t articulate any specific reason for the bias and requests that people wear masks outdoors, she did indicate that they would no longer refuse service to people without masks.
She also addressed the issue of bias by gender. She indicated that food is supposed to be packed into bags and everyone receives the same amount.
Since speaking with Amanda we received another complaint on September 21.
“I have to share this because it isn’t the first time I have had a run in with this fellow. Some poor soul will go hungry because of him. Today he turned a hungry man away from the food bank for not wearing a mask. And the man wasn’t even inside. He was outside the door. I blew my stack at him for failing to feed the hungry . I’m sooo angry that I just had to share this. I hope others are not being mistreated by him as well.”
We now know that the man acting-a-fool and turning people away is named Danny. At the time of publish we have not heard back from Amanda at the 100 Mile Food Bank.
While the sign on the window indicates that “hunger is unacceptable”, Danny has taken it upon himself to make sure some people actually do go hungry at the Food Bank. Imagine trekking up to the Food Bank, on foot, or hitching a ride. Overcoming the shame of it all getting there and being turned away.
Thanks to the troll at the door for proving how absurd the mind program of bias is.