PirateHelloKitty wrote:I would like to do more about food drives. I am thinking that most food banks in my area are run by churches or other religious organizations. Is this true of most places in Canada and US? What are people experiences of using food banks if they are atheists or "non-beleivers"? Is religions forced on them when they accept food?
In the UK, the largest Food Bank organisation is the Trussell Trust. They are a Christian organisation, and they often run their food banks out of churches, but that is the extent of the "religious" thing - they don't ask about people's beliefs, and will help anyone referred to them irrespective of who they are (to get food from a Trussell Trust food bank, you have to have a voucher, which can issued by a range of organisations and front-line care professionals e.g. doctors, social workers). But then again, this is the UK, where religion is far less "in your face", and being a non-believer isn't really an issue.