This page provides links to some websites we have found useful and informative. It is updated regularly with new resources.

Academic and research​
This website is part of a major ESRC research project, Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK (PSE: UK). It offers a comprehensive research and teaching tool.​​
A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom is a major programme of work regularly reporting on how much income households need to afford an acceptable standard of living.
The British Sociological Association Food Study Group aims to encourage the sociological analysis, both theoretical and empirical, of all aspects of food production and consumption.​ The website provides the history of the group, details of past and forthcoming events, and links to useful resources.

Third Sector

The Food Ethics Council is a charity that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming. Its aim is to create a food system that is fair and healthy for people, animals and the environment.
Sustain’s Children’s Food Campaign wants to improve young people’s health and well-being through, good food and real food education in every school, protecting children from junk food marketing, and clear food labelling that everyone including children can understand.
The Child Poverty Action Group want a society where all children can enjoy their childhoods and have fair chances in life to reach their full potential. We campaign and lobby to make this a reality, and maximise family incomes through our welfare rights work, publications and training.
ATD Fourth World is an anti-poverty organisation that engages with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty.

Consultations and Inquiries

The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty is looking at the UK food system through the lens of low income households with a view to making recommendations for a fairer and more sustainable food system.

The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger and food poverty in Britain poses a series of key questions to each of the political parties in the run-up to the general election about how they will respond to rising hunger and food poverty in this country.  The Inquiry published its final report in the House of Commons in December 2014, having taken evidence on the extent and causes of hunger in Britain, the scope of provision to alleviate it and a comparison with other Western countries.


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the agency of the United Nations that combats global hunger and promotes rural development. The FAO was born in 1945. FAO’s mandate includes achieving food security for all, that is, making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Here you will find all the information about a monitoring system for food insecurity.

Selected Reports

British Social Attitudes survey 2014 chapter analysing contemporary attitudes towards benefits and poverty and trends over time (opens as a pdf)

Living with Food Insecurity – a report by Elizabeth Dowler and Hannah Lambie-Mumford for the Communities and Culture Network, an exercise exploring the lived experiences of food aid users in Sheffield and the place of food aid projects within “the wider political, economic and social landscape”.

Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st Century Britain – joint report by Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam

Emergency Use Only: Understanding and reducing the use of food banks in the UK – joint research by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the Church of England and The Trussell Trust to examine why people are turning to food banks, how food bank use fits with their wider coping strategies, and what might be done to reduce the need that leads to food bank use.