Visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018 – Submissions

Blogs, articles and interviews

Elaine Power: To serve the hungriest, we need a Canada that doesn’t need food banks

Interview with Andy Fisher, Author of Big Hunger

Graham Riches ‘Food banks don’t solve food poverty. The UK must not institutionalise them’

A conversation with Janet Poppendieck

Marsha Smith Making mealtimes matter: commensality, collaboration and building relationships beyond our disciplines

Lopa Saxena How social supermarkets are filling a gap in austerity Britain

Pat Caplan Visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the UK, November 2018

Charlie Spring Replacing welfare with charity: lessons from America

Charlie Spring Food and power: race, prisons and the radical potentials of feeding people

Charlie Spring

Anonymous Academic Food banking and corporate influence: are we adequately challenging the root causes of food insecurity and food waste?

Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) Mapping the UK’s Independent Food Banks

IFAN Food Bank Volunteer Hours Research

IFAN Our response to the Asda, Fareshare & Trussell Trust Announcement

Jan Poppendieck A brief article on the Trump Administration’s  proposal to count  Food Stamps and other public benefits against immigrants applying to obtain green cards

Jan Poppendieck Ending Food Insecurity at CUNY: A Guide for Faculty and Staff


Social Eating vs Social Isolation

What Woodlands Community Cafe Means to Me

Woodlands Community Cafe – A volunteer’s story

Woodlands Community Garden Cafe

Email lists

Critical research network for ECRs and PhD students

Reports and policy briefings

WhyHunger, New York

The Special Report: America’s Food Banks Say Charity Won’t End Hunger and new video made in collaboration with WhyHunger and food access organizations across the country that participated in the national Closing the Hunger Gap “Cultivating Food Justice” Conference, calls for a transformation from charity to justice and explores the growing conversation among food access organizations that ending hunger will take much more than food distribution. When the goal is to transform the systems and policies that perpetuate hunger, what role do emergency food providers play in achieving long-term change? How are resources allocated and how is success measured? Why is a focus on social justice essential?

In a new report, Janet Poppendieck, activist, author, professor emerita at Hunter College and WhyHunger Board Member, reflects on her decades of research and advocacy to promote the School Breakfast Program in light of its 50th anniversary. She lifts up this critical program, which provided 2.3 billion nutritious meals to America’s children last year, and its steady growth as possibly the best example of effective advocacy and productive cooperation between national anti-hunger organizations and state and local groups.

Download: School Breakfast at Half Century – A Look Back to Move Ahead.pdf

This guide profiles four emergency food providers who are organizing in their communities around the root causes of hunger and poverty, as it connects to housing, wages, health, racism, and other issues.

Download: Rise Up! Organizing in Emergency Food Programs.pdf

In this publication, you will find stories of three organizations that address hunger, poverty and illness through nutrition, equity, dignity and personal empowerment.

Download: A Path Forward: Innovations at the Intersection of Hunger & Health.pdf

Thirty-five years ago, the community of central Brooklyn saw a steep decline in quality of life for its residents. Lack of jobs, a cut to social resources, and a swell of drugs hit the area -and fast. Residents began to see their neighborhood changing rapidly, and those who wanted to see their community thrive took action. Check out the full publication and watch video testimonials to learn more about Neighbors Together, a soup kitchen organizing patrons at the intersection of hunger, health and housing in New York City.

Stephanie Denning To retain volunteers, voluntary groups need to understand
volunteers’ motivations and volunteering experiences 


Woodlands Community Cafe, Glasgow

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