Government, the food industry and foodbanks. Who’s taking the biscuit?

An interesting new blog on food justice and food security has launched, with a first post on the right to food. Take a look:

Spill The Beans

Foodbank collections are increasingly commonplace. We see them in the workplace, schools, concerts, sporting events and shopping outlets, with the public kindly donating food items, sometimes plucked from the pantry at home or bought especially on the weekly grocery shop. Either way these donations are gratefully received by foodbanks. Most donations are given by the general public enabling foodbanks to hand out free emergency provisions to people in crisis.

The UK has seen a considerable rise in charitable emergency food provisioning in recent years, with figures at record levels. From April to September 2015 The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest foodbanking organisation, distributed 506,369 food parcels compared to 492,641 in the same time period in 2014.

There are various stakeholders in these foodbank collections, as Riches and Silvasti argue this then invites the question, who is actually benefitting from food charity?

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1 thought on “Government, the food industry and foodbanks. Who’s taking the biscuit?

  1. Just another issue that is raised by the increased use of Foodbanks.
    To claim JSA or Universal Credit the claimant is required to agree to a jobseekers agreement that among other things requires the claimant to make so many job applications per week otherwise the claimant can be sanctioned.
    I was made aware the other day of someone applying for a checkout job at a supermarket. It was an online applcation form, totaling 3 pages and the last 3 questions were free format questions that enabled the applicant to write up to 3000 words describing their experience, My thought is and I mean no disrespect here but is this job application necessary for this type of work and at the end of the day having worked on the basic skills agenda a large proportion of the population would be unable to tackle such a form. Considering that a number of job applications have to be made to claim benefit this application is both daunting and could be a barrier to some. In my previous experience jobs such as these were obtained by simple application, simple interview and usually by a trial period of work. Are we creating a division in society by making job applications so complex and opening up people to benefit sanctions.

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