Food Bank from the perspective of a developed nation is the service which is rendered in terms of essential food items for those who cannot afford it, at no cost. This type of assistance in the distant past was offered among the family members, through service clubs, churches and unions. In current times, the scope of these institutions have declined and the significance as communities have been lowered, volunteerism, attendance in church and union membership has been declined and also the families have been spread across the world and the country (Badun, 1995). Thus, we could say that developed nations define food banks as centralized clearing houses and warehouses.
1.If we look from the perspective of the households who are suffering from the issue of food poverty and still doesn’t avail the facility of food banks, then it must be noted that from their viewpoint food bank isn’t a way to remove the issue of food insecurity amongst the people. It has been observed in researches that, it would be only at the time of greater desperation that food bank would be used (Starkey, 1998). The research showed that it was the absence of the need to use a food bank and not the lack of food insecurity which facilitated their decision of not going to food banks. It could be said that these households regard the food banks as the option of the last resort.
2.The households which were in less desperate conditions that didn’t avail the food bank facility. It was also observed in the study that the basic characteristics of the households which didn’t avail the facility were higher income than the median, moderately or marginally food insecurity and not led by the single mothers. It must also be noted that all these families were also worried about absence of enough food and as a result they reduced the intake of food.
3.Some of the other barriers which resulted in these kind of results were long line-ups, limited food bank operational hours, when food banks were too busy the poor people were being turned away, due to the food bank eligibility criteria people were not allowed to get assistance, there was also some lack in the essential transportation facility which was required to reach to the food banks. Moreover, it was also because of the lack of information amongst the families which experience a severe level of food insecurity as compared to the families with moderate or marginal food insecurity. Hence, these are some of the various factors which contribute the issue of poor households not being able to access food banks (Loopstra and Tarasuk, 2012).