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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Hunger bonds: Food banks, families and the feeding of poverty

Project lead: Filippo Oncini

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Food banks are one of the fastest-growing charitable industries in Europe. In the past 20 years, food banks have emerged as a key response to the growing problems of poverty and food inequality. The spread of food banks is also a result of the commodification of social assistance and a warning that poverty prevention measures need improvement. 

The EU-funded HUNG project, by means of a mixed method study, will investigate the relationship between food bank use and food poverty in the United Kingdom – a country where the demand for emergency food parcels is growing. The project will use survey data and ethnography of everyday life to investigate the relationship between emergency food providers and families in financial distress.