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If only they knew…

June 25, 2010

“If people only knew how to cook, then a lot of them wouldn’t need to come to the food bank, they’d be able to get by on their limited budget – food is cheap…some people on welfare don’t even know how to boil water!”

Believe it or not, this is a common sentiment expressed by people when I’m talking to them about the many people who struggle to put food on their table each day.  People have said all of the above to me at many points in my travels.

There is a widespread belief that a lot of the problems low income people face each day are of their own creation.  Education is held up as one of the big solutions to their problems. This is partly true for many people, and on a certain level it makes sort of sense in general terms. However, as with many articles of “common sense”, there is fiction mixed in with a few grains of truth. (more…)