Feeding the food insecure in Britain: learning from the 2020 COVID-19 crisis

BARKER, Margo and RUSSELL, Jean (2020). Feeding the food insecure in Britain: learning from the 2020 COVID-19 crisis. Food Security, 12 (4), 865-870.

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The lockdown in Britain has rendered a large proportion of the population economically vulnerable and has at least quadrupled demand for emergency food relief. This paper looks critically at response to the crisis from the government and the voluntary sector with respect to provision of emergency food. In doing so, it has exposed gaps in understanding of the vagaries of the food supply for certain population groups and systemic weaknesses in the current system of emergency food aid. We make recommendations for healthier governmental capacity to react to a food security crisis, better relationships between the government and the voluntary sector, and further research into the dietary constraints of the precariate. Importantly, the social system needs to be responsive to short-term changes in people’s income if people are not to fall into food insecurity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0703 Crop and Pasture Production; 0908 Food Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-020-01080-5
Page Range: 865-870
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 10:50
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:39
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26648

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