Questioning Time – Food and Social Justice, UEL 19th March 2015

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Free public event, University of East London, Stratford, 19th March 2015, 6pm-8pm.

Rising food, housing and energy prices, together with low pay, insecure work and benefit changes, have created a crisis of food poverty in the UK. At the end of 2014, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on food poverty and hunger published findings from its inquiry and found that food banks, originally a source of emergency food aid, have now become a sticking plaster for a chronic problem.

What are the causes of the rise in food bank usage? Are food bank users simply ‘mismanaging’ their money – or will there always be ‘infinite demand for a free good’? Is there a connection between welfare reform and food poverty? What are the connections between food waste, food security and food poverty? Is the food bank model a sustainable response to food poverty – what other solutions might address this? Our panel of academics, researchers and campaigners will explore these questions and we invite you to join the debate and discussion.

There will be a collection for the Tower Hamlets Foodbank for anyone that wishes to bring a donation.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Rebecca O’Connell is a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Education and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Food Study Group. Her current research Families and Food in Hard Times is a European Research Council funded study which looks at how families in the UK, Portugal and Norway manage in a time of austerity. More about the project here

Amy Kimbangi is the Manager of Tower Hamlets Food Bank, which works to tackle hidden hunger through the provision of emergency donations of food and support to those facing real crisis. Tower Hamlets foodbank was launched in the winter of 2010 and is coordinated by the charity First Love Foundation.

Dr Angie Voela is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at UEL. Her current research looks at food banks and the effects of austerity in East London. It explores the structure, sustainability, character and social standing of food banks local communities, and how food bank managers interact with clients and the state.

Hannah Mornement is a documentary photographer and photojournalist. Between April and September 2013, the number of people using Trussel Trust foodbanks tripled. Hannah’s Food Bank Britain documents the daily struggle of ordinary folk caught in the vicious cycle of food poverty in Britain through the eyes of beneficiaries and foodbank volunteers. More about Hannah’s work

Catherine Buglass is the London Development Manager at FareShare. FareShare is a national network that aims to ensure that good food is put to good use rather than wasted. They redistribute food to breakfast clubs, women’s refuges and luncheon clubs for older people, and provide training and education around the essential life skills of food preparation and nutrition.

This is a free public event.
Please email Tracey Jensen on to register your place.

The event will take place on Thursday 19 March at 6-8pm at US.G.17, University Square Stratford

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