Walter Lietz, left, and Ernie Murschel wash carrots and remove any blemishes as they volunteer at Prairie Gleaners. | Barb Glen photo

Unwanted veggies become food aid

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Walter Lietz knows about hunger. As a six-year-old living in Berlin after the Second World War, his daily food consisted of one slice of bread and a small bowl of soup. “When I saw that meal coming, I screamed murder because the hunger was so great. And then my mother gave […] Read more

Buying food aid from local farmers is preferable to shipping food from donor countries, says the author.  |  File photo

Needs of poor people must come first

The recent decision to merge the Canadian International Development Agency into the new Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development isn’t the first time Canada’s aid program has been profoundly changed. Another major change occurred five years ago in April when the government fully untied Canadian food aid. Then, as now, it was a […] Read more