The great joy of food banks was that government was really, really, lousy at handing out free money. This meant that people really did go hungry at times. so, charitable organisations that hand out free food for short periods of time to those who are hungry. Great, problem solved.
The vast expansion of such food banks in the past 15 years being that 15 years ago is when we first imported the technology – yes, a way of organising something is a technology – from the US.
And now, of course, that State is colonising the food banks:
Thanks to a new government scheme called the Food Charities Grant, Burgess’ food bank will soon have received a total of £46,000, under terms that restrict its use to food, leaving storage, staffing and transport costs untouched (“It’s really a blank cheque for food retailers and wholesalers,” he said.) According to the scheme’s terms, food bought with this money must have been fully distributed to people in need by 9 August 9, and there is so far no word on what will happen after that. “I think there will be a major crisis in food banks,” he told me. “We have to have money beyond that point, because there’ll be another surge in need.”
Which is really weird, isn’t it? Firstly, the appearance of, existence, food banks is because government is bad at handing out free money. So therefore government must take over handing money to food banks? And then there’s the entire joy of local, charitable, organisation by the little platoons, which is that it doesn’t end up encrusted by the bureaucracy of government which is what makes that latter so bad at handing out free money. So, to cure this we’re going to subsume it into government and encrust it with that bureaucracy?