About geofoodie

Food Scholar, Interdisciplinary Thinker, Social Justice Researcher, and Excellent University Teacher

Fresh Street, Stage 2

Link to Fresh Street website: Http://FreshStreet.uk

We are testing a new scheme which offers every household weekly vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables (value £5) plus vegetable based recipes and nutritional information. All households are eligible regardless of size, type or income. Vouchers are redeemable with local independent suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables (not supermarkets) and vouchers can be shared with others.

Our study will test the impact of this scheme (Fresh Street) on the quality of people’s diets and their health. We will also study the impact of this scheme on local economies, the environment, and local food systems.

PDF of the slides. Please feel free to share widely. We are interested particularly in finding partners. The grant funding this project pays for the research, but not the voucher delivery or the cost of the vouchers. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Clare Relton (c.relton@qmul.ac.uk) or Megan Blake (m.blake@sheffield.ac.uk).

Coronavirus: inspiring community attempts to stem increased hunger need government

Coronavirus: inspiring community attempts to stem increased hunger need government help

Megan Blake, University of Sheffield

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed just how much we depend on easy access to food. The beginning of the UK’s lockdown saw the closure of restaurants and pubs, and empty supermarket shelves. The number of people who are struggling to access food because of financial difficulties has dramatically swelled. Amid this turmoil, there has been an incredible response from the social, public and commercial sectors to provide food to people in need. But we need government to support their efforts. Continue reading

House of Bread and Cafe 43: Making the invisible, visible.

I am currently doing some work around loneliness and isolation and how food projects are supporting people. This work is in collaboration with Lucy Antol (Feedback, Alechemic Kitchen, @Grabyourspoon), FareShare and the British Red Cross.  Lucy recently visited House of Bread in Stafford. Learn more about House of Bread here. Continue reading

Rhubarb Farm: Therapeutic Horticulture and the repair of talking to others.

I have been doing some case study work to see how surplus food is being used by community organisations.  One of these is Rhubarb farm.  Let me introduce you to them. Continue reading