food banks

By Rachel Loopstra and David Stuckler, Department of Sociology

Foodbank use in the UK has topped one million for the first time, according to new figures from the Trussell Trust. The charity that oversees more than 400 food banks across the country has recorded a 19% rise in the number of food parcels being given out to families in need.

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The mass expansion of food banks across the United Kingdom is associated with cuts in spending on local services, welfare benefits and higher unemployment rates, a study has found.

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People » Rachel Loopstra

Lecturer in Nutrition at King's College London & Associate Researcher in Sociology at Oxford University.

Rachel Loopstra’s research focuses on understanding social welfare policy as a determinant of population health and well-being. Her interests broadly focus on material deprivation, examining how social welfare expansion and retrenchment influence food insecurity and housing insecurity, and the social and health consequences of these experiences.

Rachel completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on understanding drivers and outcomes of food insecurity in Canada.
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Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Venue: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford OUCE, South Parks Road, OX1 3QY Oxford

Who is responsible for feeding hungry people?

What about the massive amounts of food wasted each year?

Is there a basic right to food, and the right to choose that food?

Is the ‘food bank’ the best solution for the issues of hungry people and surplus food, or are they masking larger institutionalized problems?

We know that the UK has hungry people and contributes to copious amounts of food waste/surplus food. The questions listed above, and more, will be discussed by a panel discussion hosted by the Oxford Food Justice Society. The Panel will consist of David Cairns MBE and co-founder of Oxford Food Bank; Elizabeth Dowler PhD, European Commission Advisor, and Trustee for Food Ethics Council; and Jane Benyon founder of the Community Emergency Food Bank in Oxford. Finally, Peter Lefort, the Project Officer for Community Action Group Oxfordshire, will chair the event.

We expect many opportunities for audience participation during the panel, and look forward to further discussion among attendees afterwards.

For more information, please visit the Oxford Food Justice Facebook page.

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