Posts Tagged ‘food banks’

This is the third report in my Hungry Christmas series for Keith Taylor MEP since 2013. Once again, the numbers of people using emergency food aid have risen. Five years ago, one of the food bank managers I spoke to said that if there is still a significant food bank network in twenty years, then we will have failed as a nation – to resolve the underlying issues of poverty, welfare cuts and inequality.

Read the full report here.

Food banks and gender article

Posted: January 27, 2014 in articles
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Building on my report on Food banks, I wrote up a gendered analysis for Open Democracy.

“The reasons why up to 500,000 people in the UK need emergency food aid are inherently gendered.  Low pay, the rise in food prices, and punitive welfare reforms work in tandem with regressive Tory gender policies to push women and the poor to the brink.” Read the full article here. 

The rise of food banks in the UK will probably define this recession. I’ve been working for the past few weeks on a report for Keith Taylor, a Member of the European Parliament, on how much and why food banks have grown in his constituency of South East England. The results are shocking, and some of the case studies of what was happening on the ground were deeply upsetting.  Read the full report and press release here.