Green Communities

Rethinking the food bank: It’s no longer just about handing out food to the hungry

Nick Saul is having another “wow” moment. Literally.

In giant blue capital letters, the word seems to dance on the office wall behind him as Saul speaks excitedly about his latest plan to turn the food bank concept on its head.

“I want to harness the power of food to connect, empower and create knowledge and skills — and hope and self-worth,” he says.

“Other than checking your humanity at the door and picking it up on the way out — how can (the food bank) experience be fuelling self-worth and hope and a sense that things can change?”