Feeding Communities

The University of Sheffield has recently highlighted my work with FareShare, Community Shop and other surplus food using organizations in a research feature Continue reading

Talking with BBC Radio Sheffield about #JustFood19, Social Eating, Surplus Food and Other Cool Things.

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

Food Ladders: A multi-scaled approach to everyday food security and community resilience

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

Link

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/

Response to call for submissions for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to the UK Government

This response underpins the oral evidence presented by Dr. Megan Blake at Bristol University on 6/11/18.  The hearing focused on rural poverty.  

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More than just food

Video

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