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Hope and Hunger, Foodbanks and Theology

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Lecture Room 141

Elvet Riverside

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Durham

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Hope and Hunger, Foodbanks and Theology

Who will take responsibility for feeding the hungry when the state is broke and the churches are empty?

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David McAuley | CEO Trussell Trust

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite | Author Hunger Pains, Life Inside Foodbank Britain

Niall Cooper | Director Church Action on Poverty

Dr David Grumett | Co-Author Theology on the Menu

The north-east of England now hosts an extended and embedded network of foodbanks. Food insecurity and emergency food aid are not new to the area but foodbanks have brought their own particular forms of relief and their own particular sets of challenges. Their national counterparts have been accused of obscuring the structural causes of food insecurity, are our local foodbanks guilty of the same? Do they alleviate the government of its responsibility to provide its citizens with reliable, healthy, and socially dignifying food? Or are they freeing the workshy and unreliable from the consequences of their actions?

This one day conference will bring together food aid specialists in British civil, religious and academic life to discuss the UK’s foodbank movement. The day will focus on the intersection and overlap of the politics of foodbanks with the religious ideas which fund and inform many foodbank founders, hosts, clients, and volunteers. What’s more, we will ask: what does the foodbank movement tell us about the state of British religious life? What is the next step for religious communities which are invested in ending food poverty locally and nationally? And, if the resources and capacities of the Christian churches in the UK (along with other religious groups) continue their trajectory of decline, and the state continues to act out a toxic mix of negligence and apathy, then who is going to make common cause with the poor in the UK to come? Or, alternatively, can we still legitimately hope for a Britain beyond hunger?

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