In the past five years in the UK, we have seen a steep rise in the number of people seeking emergency food aid in the form of charitable provision, signalling permanence to the existence of food banks. In Canada and the USA, there is a much longer history of charitable food provision. There is an urgent need to engage with what can be learnt from the transatlantic context here in the UK, and vice versa. This event will bring together 45 people from academia, charities and third sector organisations, experts by experience, activists, and grassroots organisations.
Short, focused sessions will be held alongside interactive participatory workshops. Speakers include:
- A Menu for Change, Oxfam
- Mariana Chilton (Drexel University, Philadelphia, and founder of Witnesses to Hunger)
- Alison Cohen (Why Hunger New York) and Andy Fisher (author of ‘Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups’)
- Independent Food Aid Network
- Garry Lemon (Trussell Trust)
- Ben Pearson, Food Power and Heather Walters and Cath Walsh, experts by experience
- Jan Poppendieck (City University New York, author of ‘Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement’)
- Elaine Power (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)
- Graham Riches (University of British Columbia, author of ‘Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food’)
20 ECRs will present their research, focusing on topics including, but not limited to:
- Lived experiences of food poverty and insecurity
- Intersectionality of access to food security
- Corporations and the food bank model
- Community based approaches
- Defining and measuring ‘institutionalisation’
- What are the key similarities / differences between the geographical contexts?
- Going forward, how can we best address the entrenchment of charitable provision?
As well as providing opportunities for collaboration in a small and focused setting, the workshop will involve a ‘mentoring scheme’ to support early career academics (inspired by the Stigma, Health & Inequality event I co-organised with Gareth Thomas, Cardiff University) earlier this year.
To minimise financial barriers to attendance, rail travel and one night’s accommodation will be covered.