09:00-09:10 Introduction and welcome by Kayleigh Garthwaite

09:10-10:10 Opening panel session with:

Garry Lemon (Director of Policy, External Affairs & Research, Trussell Trust)

Jack Monroe (Food writer, journalist and activist)

Maddy Power (Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) and University of York)

Graham Riches (Author of Food Bank Nations, Emeritus professor, University of British Columbia)

10:10-10:20 Break

10:20-11:20 Early career researcher presentations

Dave Beck (Bangor University)

Food Poverty: Welfare Retrenchment and the Experience of Food Bank Use

Alan Connolly (Lancaster University)

The Politics of Food Banking in the UK

Andrea Gibbons* (University of Salford), Morven G. McEachern (University of Huddersfield), Caroline Moraes (University of Birmingham) and Lisa Scullion (University of Salford)

Evaluating the Impact of Emergency Food Provision and Support

Kate Haddow (Teesside University)

“Its survival really” Life outside of Foodbank Britain

11:20-11:30 Break


Graham Riches

Domestic Hunger and Corporate Charity: Why the Right to Food matters

The social construction of hunger in the rich world as a matter for corporate charity demands civil society acting with a right to food ‘bite’ directed at holding the State publicly to account. The corporate capture of food poverty and false promises that charitable food aid is an ‘effective’ and ‘principled’ response must be challenged. We need to change the conversation as to why international human rights obligations and Canada & UK ratification of the right to food (ICESCR,1976) matter. It means reclaiming income security and ‘joined-up’ public policy with ‘joined-up’ civil society action. There is after all an unavoidable date with intervention.

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-13:45: Participatory Workshop One

Ben Pearson, Church Action on Poverty and Food Power Experts by Experience: Empowering People with lived experience of Food Poverty

An interactive workshop to explore how those with lived experience of food poverty can tell stories & have their voices amplified, to have strategic influence & develop long term sustainable solutions to food poverty. Co-designed & delivered by Food Power Experts by Experience.

 13:45-14:00: Break

14:00-15:00 Early career researcher presentations

Helen Traill (London School of Economics) and Tim Cowen (Woodlands Community Café, Glasgow)

A positive alternative? Lessons from Woodlands Community Cafe

Lopa Saxena (Coventry University)

A shifting discourse and practice away from emergency food provision: Insights from social supermarkets in Britain

Marsha Smith (Coventry University)

The public consumption of surplus food as a response to food insecurity in Nottingham: Formative findings from a mapping exercise on ‘social eating’

Emmanuelle Graciet (University College London)

Social supermarkets in the United Kingdom: An Ethnographic Case Study of the West Norwood Community Shop, London

15:00-15:10 Break


Participatory Workshop Two

Andy Fisher, author of ‘Big Hunger’ and Alison Cohen, WhyHunger, New York

Transforming Food Banking in the US:  From Charity to Justice

Based on our experiences in the US, the presenters will discuss how the emergency food system is changing for the positive, as well as the barriers and limits to that change. We will take the audience through an interactive exercise that will bring clarity into the narrative surrounding food poverty in the UK, and how we can transform that dominant narrative.

 16:10-17:10 Early career researcher presentations

Mary Anne McLeod (University of Glasgow)

The rise of food aid and the changing role of the welfare state – findings from a mixed-methods study in Scotland

Sarah Bradley (University of South Florida)

“It’s all in how you eat”: Healthcare decision making among mobile food pantry clients in Tampa Bay

Bradley_Charitable food powerpoint

Stephanie Denning (Coventry University)

Charitable responses to holiday hunger_SD

Andree-Anne Fafard St Germain* (University of Toronto), Rachel Loopstra (King’s College London), and Valerie Tarasuk (University of Toronto) 

A strategy of last resort: Food bank use in relation to food insecurity in Canada

Fafard St-Germain Andree-Anne – FI and food bank use in Canada

 17:15 Close of Day One



09:00-09:15 Welcome and tea and coffee


Jan Poppendieck (Hunter College, City University of New York)

Bending Toward Justice? The Evolution of Food Banking in the United States

10:00-10:45 Participatory Workshop Four

Mariana Chilton (Drexel University, Philadelphia, founder of Witnesses to Hunger)

The challenge, success, pain, and joy of participatory action on food insecurity in the United States

In this session participants will learn about the methods, activities and outcomes of the internationally acclaimed program called witnesses to hunger, the largest and longest standing photo voice program focused on food insecurity, poverty and violence in America.  Mariana will also introduce ways in which racism, misogyny and trauma intersect with this work, and will describe methods for working through these challenges through trauma-informed, and anti oppressive frameworks.  There will be ample time for question and answer, dialogue and generation of new ideas for the UK context.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Early career presentations

Jon Eilenberg (National Children’s Bureau)

Growing up hungry: Young children’s experiences of food insecurity

Kathryn Machray (University of Glasgow)

Food insecurity among men in Scotland


Andy Jolly (University of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton)

Insecure and undocumented: Experiences of food security in households with an irregular migration status

Annie Connolly (University of Leeds, and End Hunger UK)

‘Because they’re like secrets’: Understanding stigma and shame in the context of children’s experiences of food insecurity

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-13:45 ECR presentations

Katy Gordon (University of Strathclyde)

The institutionalisation of foodbanks: Discordant perceptions of legitimacy?

K Gordon Presentation

Chris Moeller (University of Huddersfield)

Food banks, pastoral power and neoliberal subjectivities: A critical discourse analysis

Maddy Power (University of York, and IFAN trustee)

Governing the food poor: Power and surveillance in a context of contemporary food insecurity and food aid

Charitable provision conference – Nov 2018 – Madeleine Power

Elisabeth Garratt (Oxford University)

The emergence of charitable food aid: How can lessons learned from the US and Canada protect against the institutionalisation of food aid in the UK?

*As this work is unpublished, I would prefer not to share it publicly on the conference website. I’d be happy to send it to anybody who requests it.


Elaine Power (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)

Keeping focussed upstream beyond food charity: The problem is poverty, the solution is income

E Power Birmingham Food bank talk 6 Nov

In Canada, the discourse about hunger shifted sharply in tandem with the political rise of neoliberalism, from the 1971 Senate Report on Poverty, which recommended a guaranteed annual income, to the 1980s institutionalization of food banks. In framing the problem as a lack of food, the food bank model, imported directly from the United States, isolated hunger from its cause, and handed Canadians a convenient, more individualized, and much less politically disruptive “solution.” While food banks are firmly entrenched and serve multiple interests in Canada, there is also a growing advocacy movement for basic income as a real solution to contemporary issues related to poverty, including precarious work and automation. Drawing on her research and activism, Elaine will discuss the basic income movement in Canada, including the Ontario pilot project recently cancelled by the newly elected Conservative government. The surest sign of the effectiveness of any basic income scheme set up to address poverty would be the end of food banks.

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-15:30 Participatory Workshop Five

A Menu for Change

Making Change Happen: What can be done to strengthen the safety net and prevent the need for food aid?

Learn from the achievements of A Menu for Change, a project working to end the need for emergency food aid in Scotland, and discuss what steps you can take to make change where you are.

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:55 Participatory Workshop Six (facilitated by Ben Pearson, Food Power and Food Power experts by experience)

All the experts, a reflection

An interactive workshop bringing together all attendees to reflect on the two days, identifying & discussing issues that have arisen, whilst exploring what the next steps are to ‘knit’ it all together. Co-designed & delivered by Food Power Experts by Experience.

16:55-17:15 Closing reflections and next steps


* Presenting author