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Beyond the Food Bank?

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In recent months, Lacuna has published a series of articles as part of a special edition ‘Beyond the Food Bank? These pieces have explored the changing ambitions and strategies of food banks; the emergence of other community-led food initiatives, and the ways in which the proliferation of food banks has prompted academics and campaigning groups to ask broader questions about – and seek alternative solutions to – food poverty and inequality in the UK.

The articles offer stark insights into the scale and the devastating impact of hunger in 21st century Britain. They also point to an increasingly diverse web of organisations and initiatives trying to respond to the issue.

On Wednesday 25th October, we will be hosting a special panel event at the University of Warwick to continue the conversation and discuss ways forward. The event will feature three Lacuna authors: Kayleigh Garthwaite, Simon Shaw (Sustain) and Clara Widdison (Community Shop). We will also be welcoming questions and comments from audience members.

The event will be held in the Oculus building (OC0.02) on the University of Warwick's main site.

Biographies of the panelists

Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University. Kayleigh explores issues of welfare reform, health inequalities and austerity using ethnographic research. She is author of the acclaimed book Hunger Pains (Policy Press, 2016), which explored 'life inside foodbank Britain' through a series of interviews with food bank users and volunteers. Kayleigh has written a piece for Lacuna entitled "When did emergency food provision stop being so... emergency?"

Simon Shaw Simon works for Sustain, an ‘alliance for better food and farming’ which campaigns to improve the fairness and sustainability of the food system for both producers and consumers. Simon leads Sustain’s work on food poverty at national, regional and local levels. This work focuses on highlighting and encouraging sustainable responses to food poverty, particularly where they address the root causes of food poverty. Simon was recently interviewed by Lewis Smith for Lacuna, during which he outlined Sustain's Beyond the Food Bank work.

Clara Widdison is the National Growth Manager for Community Shop. She recently completed an MSc in Food Policy at City University, earning the Worshipful Company of Cooks dissertation prize for her research into food preferences in a low income group of shoppers. She also chairs the Lambeth Food Partnership Board. Clara co-wrote a piece for Lacuna entitled Gin & Skinned Rabbits.

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