On the breadline: Foodbanks

FoodbankHannah Lambie-Mumford, a PhD student in the Department appeared on a BBC Radio Scotland documentary on food banks at the weekned. The programme BBC Radio Scotland Investigation: Breadline Scotland, looked at the growth of food banks in the UK. One new Trussell Trust Foodbank is opening every week across the country.

Hannah was interviewed about her recent research on the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network and on-going work
around some of the implications of the emergency food phenomena more generally. Drawing on her work around the experiences of food recipients Hannah said:

"My research has found food parcel recipients, whilst grateful for the generosity, love, care and support they receive at a food bank, they find the reality of having to seek assistance in the first place, having to ask for help, is extremely difficult. A number of people relayed to me very moving stories about the experience of humiliation, a sense that people were having somehow to beg for receipt of this charity."

Hannah's PhD research is a study of food banks and other forms of emergency food provision, which are designed to supply food to people in urgent need. The research looks in particular at the relationship between this emergency food provision and experiences of food poverty in the UK today.

Immediately prior to beginning her doctoral studies Hannah completed a research project on the growth of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network which has gone from having two Foodbanks in the South West of England in 2004 to having over 200 across the UK in 2012.