Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447328292 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447328285 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Hungry Britain

The Rise of Food Charity

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Hungry Britain

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Distributed for Bristol University Press

216 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447328292 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447328285 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Examining the prolific growth of UK charitable emergency food provision over the past fifteen years, Hungry Britain uses the human right to food as a pathway to developing solutions to food poverty. Hannah Lambie-Mumford draws on data from the country’s two largest charitable food providers to explore the effectiveness of this emerging system of food acquisition, its enduring sustainability, and, most importantly, where responsibility lies for ensuring that all people can realize their human right to food. She shows that the increasing tendency of charitable food providers to take responsibility for protecting people against food poverty occurs in tandem with significant cuts to the welfare state—cuts shaping both the need for and nature of emergency food provision. Arguing for a clear, rights-based framework, this book envisions a future where a range of actors—from the state to charities and the food industry—will be jointly accountable in combating food poverty.
Review Quotes
Graham Riches, University of British Columbia
“This is a benchmark study of hunger, charity and human rights, exposing UK government neglect. Ethical, critical, and constructive, it is essential reading for those concerned about breadline Britain.”
Rachel Loopstra, King’s College London
“Thorough and thought-provoking, this book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the many dimensions of charitable food provisioning in the UK.”
Voluntary Sector Review
“Lambie-Mumford argues effectively for the state to recognise and protect the fundamental right to food and draws attention to areas in which a charitable response, while allowing an avenue through which to enact values of care, proves insufficient. It can be recommended to readers with the additional hope that it spurs further discussion about the implications of foodbanks in the wider welfare mix.”
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