Letters: Food banks have no place in a rich nation

Oxfam is well-intentioned but wrong about using its funds to support food banks (Report, 16 October). The advocates of the “big society” will be delighted. It’s a big step towards the institutionalisation of food banks, as in the US. I have cancelled my subscription to Oxfam because I am not prepared to have my money used to underpin the callous treatment of the weakest in our society by this government. Instead, I am prepared to join with other citizens who are appalled at the state of this country, the sixth richest on the planet, and who are opposed to food banks as a way of providing for people’s basic needs. We should demand that the government pay for the existing food banks from public funds for the next year, after which they will be closed and the government will have to face up to its responsibilities and look after those in desperate need.
Tony Mitchell
Bedford

• More and more people are relying on food banks, while at the same time Tesco and other stores are throwing away a vast amount of fresh food each day (Report, 22 October). This makes no sense on an economic or social level.
Andy Buchan
Caterham, Surrey

• Re all that ready-peeled and chopped fruit and veg in airtight, ungreen plastic: nature knows what it is doing when it preserves itself in its own packaging – as soon as it is peeled and chopped it decomposes much more rapidly and begins to lose its nutritional content. This food is great for the compost bin, but not great for our children.
Ailsa Johnson
Cambridge

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