Hamilton food bank not turning away unhealthy donations

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

A local food bank says poor people deserve cake too.

In response to an Ottawa food bank, which is turning away unhealthy donations, Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre says there’s a place for junk food.

“Every kid would like a packet of chewing gum or maybe a box of candy or maybe a slice of cake,” Carmen Salciccioli told the Scott Thompson Show, Thursday. “Just because you’re on a limited income doesn’t mean you can’t have these things.”

Salciccioli explains the centre received 17 skids of chewing gum recently.

“We’re not going to throw it away,” he said. “We’re not going to refuse it. But we’re also not going to keep it ourselves. We share it with other partners in the city.”

The centre has a two-pronged approach to doling out donations which involve separating the so-called “good food” from the unhealthy food.

Clients are allowed to help themselves to some of the unhealthy choices.

“Our preference is that we give someone a choice,” he said.

The centre is currently looking for donations of canned fish and vegetables, pasta, baby formula and hygiene products.

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