Understanding food poverty and the transitional behaviour of vulnerable individuals
With fourteen million people living below the poverty line in the UK in 2017 (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2017), and over 1.3m three-day emergency food supplies donated in 2017-18 (Trussell Trust, 2018), this research responded to the urgent need for greater understandings of the support mechanisms needed to assist individual transitions out of food poverty. It aimed to gain a more nuanced understanding of the types of additional support offered by emergency food providers and how they assist vulnerable individuals in navigating this period of liminality. It drew on the experiences of a range of key emergency food providers and users of these food services in the Salford and Birmingham areas of the UK to provide policy recommendations, with a launch held at Media City campus presided over by Mayor Paul Dennett.
Funder: British Academy
Team: Lisa Scullion and Andrea Gibbons, University of Salford. Led by Morven McEachern (University of Huddersfield) and Caroline Moraes (University of Birmingham)