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Our View: Food banks’ rapid growth shows Maine falling short

When the state fails to do its job, nonprofits are asked to do more than they really can.
January 31, 2016 | Portland Press Herald

… Charities rely on volunteer labor and a patchwork of organizations, each with its own rules and goals. Only the government is big enough to consistently penetrate every corner of the state and get food to the people who need it.

And even if there were no gaps for people to fall through in the web of these well-intentioned organizations, feeding the hungry should not be considered a matter of choice. Just like clean water, public safety and education, making sure that everyone has enough to eat is an obligation of a just society, not something that’s done only when individuals feel generous …

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