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 response underpins the oral evidence presented by Dr. Megan Blake at Bristol University on 6/11/18. The hearing focused on rural poverty.
Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness
One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. And according to recent research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, two thirds of children in poverty live in a working family. These rates are expected to increase sharply by 2021-22, assuming there is no change in government policy. Continue reading
A film about how community organisations are using food to help overcome loneliness and everyday food insecurity, while also transforming their communities. Eating together with others, what I call social eating, has so many benefits. Continue reading