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

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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