What does it feel like to be forced to turn to foodbanks for help? What does it take to get emergency food, and what's in the food parcel? Anna and her 11 year old daughter Daisy are eating out of date food since Anna had to leave her job due to mental health problems. Glen speaks of the shame he feels using the foodbank having taken on a zero hours contract. This is a powerful insight into the harsh reality of foodbank use from the inside.
Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, UK. Kayleigh explores issues of poverty, stigma and welfare reform through qualitative and ethnographic research. She is author of Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain (Policy Press, 2016) and co-author of Poverty and insecurity: Life in 'low-pay, no-pay' Britain (Policy Press, 2012), winners of the Peter Townsend Prize 2017 and 2013 respectively. She can be followed on Twitter @KA Garthwaite
Foreword Jack Monroe Introduction Researching foodbank use Foodbanks: what do they do? The politics of foodbank use in the UK Why do people use a foodbank? All work, low pay: finding, keeping, and doing precarious jobs `Doing the best I can with what I've got': food and health on a low income Stigma, shame and `people like us' Is foodbank Britain here to stay? Afterword Linda Tirado