Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain (Paperback)

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Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain (Paperback)


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In the years since the UK Government embarked on its harsh austerity program, food poverty has become a major issue, and food banks have been forced into a major role in the lives of countless citizens. This book is built on hundreds of hours of interviews with the people who rely on food banks today, as well as with the volunteers who keep them running on tight budgets and in difficult conditions. Kayleigh Garthwaite brings to the book her own experience volunteering in a food bank, and the result is a close-up, empathetic, politically potent portrait of a sadly essential part of daily life in today’s Britain.
Kayleigh Garthwaite is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Geography at Durham University and coauthor of Poverty and Insecurity: Life in "Low-Pay, No-Pay" Britain.

Product Details ISBN: 9781447329114
ISBN-10: 1447329112
Publisher: Policy Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2016
Pages: 176
Language: English
“Book of the week. . . . Speaking for myself, I am upset and angry that in 2016, in a country as wealthy as the United Kingdom, people . . . so often go to bed hungry, and burn with shame as they accept a cup of tea from a food bank volunteer while they wait for a charity handout of three days’ worth of food. I hope that everyone who reads this book ends up just as angry.”
— Lisa Mckenzie, author of "Getting By"

“As Hunger Pains starkly shows, the circumstances change but the hunger is a constant—from a child eating out-of-date food after her mum stopped working, because of mental health problems, to a zero-hours worker ashamed he isn’t earning enough to eat.”
— Frances Ryan

“Garthwaite's new book offers a unique insight into the lives of those who cannot afford to feed themselves . . . [and] lifts the lid on eighteen months handing out emergency meals to some of society’s hungriest people. . . . She hopes it will give a voice to food bank users who are often reduced to statistics.”
— Ben Glaze

“An accessible account of food poverty and foodbanks in the United Kingdom which should be taken forward to address UK food poverty.”
— Antipodes

“[Garthwaite] poses a serious challenge to contemporary thinking about the factors that drive people to use foodbanks, dispelling the myths that people are seeking emergency help because of their chaotic lifestyles and the irresponsible life choices they make.”
— Counterfire

"A good book to recommend to people who have little awareness or who are skeptical about the reality of food poverty in Britain today."
— Urban Bulletin

"Open[s] our eyes to what the benefits system is doing to us; . . . rooted in high quality research; and [engages] our minds and our emotions."
— Citizen's Income Trust

“There were no foodbanks in the United Kingdom in the 1970s—we had no need of them. Garthwaite carefully describes a tragic disaster that was entirely avoidable and which could be ended within just a few years.”
— Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

“Written with remarkable clarity and compassion. Anyone who wants to participate in the conversation about foodbanks, from cabinet ministers to foodbank volunteers, would do well to read this book.”
— Janet Poppendieck, author of “Sweet Charity?,” Hunter College CUNY emerita, and CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

“In this accessible and powerful book, Garthwaite gives voice to the people behind the data, explaining in a precise and well-informed way the very human tragedy that our current crisis of poverty represents.”
— Julia Unwin, CBE, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK)

“A powerful account of a year in the life of one foodbank in Stockton on Tees that challenges many of the media myths that surround the huge growth in foodbanks over recent years.”
— Niall Cooper, director of Church Action on Poverty (UK)

“Powerfully brings the voices of those who need the support of foodbanks to the fore and places them at the heart of debates about why the need for foodbanks has grown.”
— Peter Kelly, Poverty Alliance (UK)

“Written with intelligence and insight, this is a potent and essential addition to the literature on austerity.”
— Mary O’Hara, journalist and author of “Austerity Bites”

“A compelling though disquieting read showing the unblemished reality of living in Foodbank Britain today.”
— Isabella, Dole Animators (UK)