Since 2018 I have been working with colleagues at the University of Sheffield on a research project, Fresh Street, that offers £5 weekly vouchers to families that they can use to buy fruits and vegetables from small local shops or via a veg bag delivery scheme. I talked about this work recently in an article in The Mint Magazine. They have made the article publically available. This is what they have to say about the project. Continue reading
This morning I was on @BBCSheffield breakfast show with Kat Cowan talking about our upcoming #JustFood19 conference, but also Social Eating, Food surplus, and Food Futures. If you would like to listen, the interview starts at about minute 17. If you would like to attend the open events, here is the detail. Continue reading
Everyday food insecurity is more than just a lack of access to food based on income. Poverty creates a hole that has emotional and nutritional effects, as well as implications for community cohesion. Food insecurity as it intersects with poverty also materialises in places to produce landscapes where food availability and the social connections it enables are scarce (for an open-access paper see Blake 2019). Poor foodscapes contribute to vulnerabilities to the shocks associated with limited food choices, which in turn reduces the resilience of places and people by producing want, poor health, social isolation, and fear and distrust of one’s neighbours. The Food Ladders approach seeks to overcome these place-based aspects of vulnerability by developing positive engagements through food and ultimately aims to help communities become the places where people want to live, raise their children, and grow old. Continue reading
The following link is to a paper I wrote for a special issue of Europe Now that focused on Waste. Original available here: https://www.europenowjournal.org/2019/05/06/the-multiple-ontologies-of-surplus-food/
This response underpins the oral evidence presented by Dr. Megan Blake at Bristol University on 6/11/18. The hearing focused on rural poverty.