Drawing on empirical research with the UK's two largest charitable food organisations, this book explores the prolific rise of food charity over the last 15 years and its implications for overcoming food insecurity.
As the welfare state withdraws, leaving food banks to protect the most vulnerable, the author questions the sustainability of this system and asks where responsibility lies - in practice and in theory - for ensuring everyone can realise their human right to food.
The book argues that effective, policy-driven solutions require a clear rights-based framework, which enables a range of actors including the state, charities and the food industry to work together towards, and be held accountable for, the progressive realisation of the right to food for all in the UK.
Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford is Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, University of Sheffield. Hannah’s research focuses on food poverty and insecurity, the rise of emergency food provision and the human right to food. Hannah has undertaken research on these issues as part of RCUK and government funded projects. Hannah also sits on Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) Policy Advisory Committee and is a registered specialist with the Food Standard Agency (FSA).
Hunger and charitable emergency food provision in the UK and beyond;
Theories of the food insecurity ‘problem’ and the right to food ‘solution’;
Part 1: Acceptability and sustainability of emergency food;
Food Charity: the ‘other’ food system;
The sustainability of food charity;
Part 2: Respecting, protecting and fulfilling the right to food;
Food charity as caring;
Food charity and the changing welfare state;
"This is a benchmark study of hunger, charity and human rights, exposing UK government neglect. Ethical, critical, and constructive, it is essential reading for those concerned about breadline Britain." Graham Riches, University of British Columbia