The Ethical Dilemmas of Food Banking: an Analysis of the More Than Food Programme

PARR, Sadie, HAWKINS, Anna and DAYSON, Christopher (2021). The Ethical Dilemmas of Food Banking: an Analysis of the More Than Food Programme. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 29 (3), 259-277.

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This article contributes to debates about the ethicality of foodbanks, a pervasive element of the UK welfare support infrastructure. Drawing on qualitative interview data, we use the concepts of ‘food poverty knowledge’ and ‘lay morality’ to analyse the narratives of those running a major Trussell Trust ‘foodbank-plus’ programme and explore inherent moral sentiments therein about how those who are in food poverty are understood. We identify a contradiction between foodbankers’ ‘structural’ understanding of poverty and the implicitly agential assumptions that underpin the programme. We suggest that this represents a precarious ethical position on which to base practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1605 Policy and Administration; 1607 Social Work; 1608 Sociology
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Page Range: 259-277
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 09:51
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 01:18

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