Food Bank 

I started to spare my time in volunteering to Food Bank in Buenos Aires, one day per week. The job description is the classification of alimentary products donated by big corporations and the distribution of those products to its warehouse or to other mediatory organisations that serve food directly to those who are in need. The job is quite easy but fulfilling. Most of all, what I like from doing this work is the observation I can make during volunteering.

My thoughts would be dictated as such:

  1. This NGO is mainly conducted by altruistic workforce, minimising its cost on human resources. There always are people who are willing to hand in their time voluntarily, if the moral and personal end meets. It got me to think the mechanism that any NGO would take, to create its foundation and to grow as a firm institution. Surely the donation and promotion for the marketing, appealing people’s and corporations’ moral obligation to humanity are parts of such mechanism. But that’s just a part of the whole, then what elements are the rest to operate such institution?
  2. There surely is a hope that the existing amount of food already excesses the need for whole population, considering the vast amount of available food getting disposed for it doesn’t meet the commercial standard. We have enough food to deliver and the delivery mechanism. Humanity has invented already the effective delivery tool to end poverty, as such this TED video argues:

And I started to wonder what the flaw of this delivery system is. The operation of this NGO doesn’t completely imply the eradication of the starvation in Buenos Aires. There still are people who starve on the this city as daily matter. Maybe there is a political and operational preference of who receives the alimentary supply this NGO delivers. Maybe the capacity of this NGO isn’t big enough to cover the whole need that the city cries. Maybe the current management in resource allocation is ineffective. Maybe it lacks government’s subsidy. Maybe it needs another competitive actors to innovate itself. Maybe it is just a matter of bureaucracy as any institution suffers.

I cannot map yet the operational manual of such organisation, but by time, I’d like to be capable to do so. It is logical to think that there exists already the operational manual but it is at the same time doubtful if the employers have read it to function. Maybe the gap between literary ideal and practical reality causes the foggy demerit. Yes, at least this organisation is doing a right thing. No, maybe it isn’t doing a thing right. Yes, they both matter; doing right thing in right way. No, fulfilling just one side doesn’t justify not-fulfilling the other side.

I hope to see the bigger map by time.



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