you know i used to volunteer at the food bank in my city, i gave up after seeing the mismanagement and the disgusting way the poor were treated. I also felt that a lot of the people taking food didnt need it, but there isnt really a way to stop that. I really thought that there just arent realy any truly hungry people here in Canada. I was wrong. I met a man recently in my neighbourhood who lives in a nearby govt sponsored apt bldg. he lives on 25 dollar a month after paying rent. He cant afford tv or phone, he cant buy bus tickets, he has to go to the food bank to get food. he is truly hungry. he told me many days he eats nothing at all. welfare wont give him anything, he lives on a small CPP pension. he is 6o and in bad health but he said disabilty keeps turning him down. I gave him some food from my stores. I didnt tell him I have stored food, but I did give him some food, maybe this is one reason WHY we ar to store food, not just for ourselves, and our families, but in SOME CASES we will be able to give to others. Now in a time of real crisis, I wont give my food away and make myself starve, but for now, it feels good to have some set aside that i can spare some for this man who is in such great need. it spurs me on to look for more sales. to stock pile more food. to dry more veggies. to set in some more grains. cause things are gonna get a lot worse.