As the demand for food banks and other emergency food charities continues to rise across the continent, this is the first systematic Europe-wide study of the roots and consequences of this urgent phenomenon.
Leading researchers provide case studies from the UK, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, each considering the history and driving political and social forces behind the rise of food charity, and the influence of changing welfare states. They build into a rich comparative study that delivers valuable evidence for anyone with an academic or professional interest in related issues including social policy, exclusion, poverty and justice.
“The book represents a strong political tool based on rigorous scientific knowledge, and it is an indispensable publication both for those who work on matters of food charity (and related issues) and for those who would like to better understand poverty, food insecurity and charitable food aid in Europe.” International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
“Detailed, insightful, and timely analyses make The Rise of Food Charity in Europe an unmissable and engaging read for academics and professionals from undergraduates to seasoned scholars.” Social Policy & Administration
"The book represents a strong political tool based on rigorous scientific knowledge, and it is an indispensable publication both for those who work on matters of food charity (and related issues) and for those who would like to better understand poverty, food insecurity and charitable food aid in Europe." Voluntas
“This fascinating and first collection of qualitative cross-case study of the rise of food charity across Europe importantly highlights the link between changes to social rights and entitlements and increased emphasis on non-state providers of food charity. It uses food charity as a lens through which we can learn how wider policy shifts impact on poverty in Europe. A masterpiece in food charity studies, it vigorously argues for embedding this research within the overall context of poverty. Constructive discussions and proposition in terminology and concepts advance this field of poverty studies. A seminal collection forcefully advancing food poverty studies.” Helmut P. Gaisbauer, University of Salzburg
Hannah Lambie-Mumford is Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on food insecurity, food charity responses and the role of public policy.
Tiina Silvasti is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests focus on charitable response to food poverty.
Foreword: The Rise of Food Charity in Europe ~ Graham Riches
Introduction: Exploring the Growth of Food Charity across Europe ~ Hannah Lambie-Mumford, and Tiina Silvasti
New Frames for Food Charity in Finland ~ Tiina Silvasti and Ville Tikka
Social Exclusion and Food Assistance in Germany ~ Fabian Kessl, Stephan Lorenz and Holger Schoneville
The Role of Food Charity in Italy ~ Sabrina Arcuri, Gianluca Brunori and Francesca Galli
Food Banks in the Netherlands Stepping up to the Plate: Shifting Moral and Practical Responsibilities ~ Hilje van der Horst, Leon Pijnenburg and Amy Markus
Redistributing Waste Food to Reduce Poverty in Slovenia ~ Vesna Leskošek and Romana Zidar
Food Aid in Post-crisis Spain: A Test for this Welfare State Model ~ Amaia Inza-Bartolomé and Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio
Food Banks and the UK Welfare State ~ Hannah Lambie-Mumford and Rachel Loopstra
Conclusion: Food Charity in Europe ~ Hannah Lambie-Mumford and Tiina Silvasti