Opinion pieces and blogs by IFAN's Sabine Goodwin
UK’s food poverty crisis is spiralling out of control – and there’s only one way to fix it
29.11.23 No amount of food surplus redistribution is going to stop hunger from happening and pretending otherwise risks covering up the actual cause of food poverty: lack of income.
The BMJ: Food banks are running out of resources—there’s no time to lose
14.11.23 The latest figures from the Trussell Trust showing the number of emergency food supplies given by its food banks to people in the UK are devastating.
The Big Issue: Food banks are being forced to ration supplies. We can’t sustain this level of poverty for much longer
24.10.23 The Trussell Trust is warning today that their network’s food banks alone will need to support more than 600,000 people during the “worst winter yet”. We need to tackle poverty at the source
The Big Issue: Could food banks be relegated to the history books?
08.06.23 The Scottish government has finally published its much-anticipated ‘cash-first’ plan to end the need for food banks in Scotland.
The Big Issue: ‘We’re facing a policy-driven public health calamity’: Trussell Trust’s devastating report
26.04.23 Today’s devastating food bank data from the Trussell Trust must serve as a wake-up call to elected representatives both in government and in waiting.
IFAN: A cash first approach to food insecurity isn’t simply a dream, it’s becoming a reality
with Polly Jones
02.04.23 As food insecurity soars in Scotland, the First Minister’s anti-poverty summit must lead to immediate, comprehensive Scottish Government actions to reduce the need for charitable food aid.across the UK
IFAN: Turning the tide:
Cash First and the Right to Food
with Maria Marshall
25.04.23 A cash first approach can work to reverse the UK's institutional reliance on food aid. But to survive the test of time, a cash first approach needs a functioning legal framework that is justiciable.
The BMJ: Ending the food bank paradox
2.12.22 Britain’s food insecurity crisis was worsening before we’d heard of covid-19. In the year up to March 2020, Trussell Trust food banks had distributed 1,909,156 emergency food parcels across the UK
The Big Issue: Food banks are at breaking point. We need to change the script.
30.11.22 Over the last decade, calls at Christmas for food bank donations have become par for the course. Supporters have been encouraged to donate food and money in the spirit of the season...
The Big Issue: National Food Bank Day: ‘Our greatest wish is for our help not to be needed’
2.09.22 When I heard about plans for this week’s National Food Bank Day, happening just as our country’s poverty crisis reaches new depths, my immediate thought was one of despair. Food bank teams...
The BMJ: A cursory National Food Strategy lacks substance and joined up thinking on food insecurity
21.06.22 In early April 2022, members of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) wrote to Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, and Boris Johnson, the prime minister, to express...
Woman and Home: 'We're becoming desensitized to donation bins in supermarkets'
13.04.22 I’ve been campaigning to end the need for food banks in the UK for over five years and this is the bleakest moment I’ve witnessed...
Sustain: Finding hope in cash first approaches at the bleakest of times
24.02.22 Cash first referral leaflets co-produced by Sustain member the Independent Food Aid Network and its partners are examples of practical responses to supporting people during difficult times and reducing the need for emergency food aid...
The BMJ: Food aid charities fear the worst as the cost of living crisis takes hold
16.02.22 At an Independent Food Aid Network member meeting last week, it was clear that things were getting worse, much worse...
The Living Wage Foundation: Over two fifths of all supermarket workers earn below a real Living Wage
with Emily Roe
14.12.21 New research by the Living Wage Foundation demonstrates the scale of low pay in UK supermarkets, with almost half of all supermarket workers earning below the real Living Wage. This equates to 366,000 workers...
IFAN: Good Food is Good Medicine
with Proffessor Flora Douglas (IFAN)
12.12.21 Reflections on our recent Creative Conversation with Laura Chalmers of Robert Gordon University By Dr Flora Douglas, Robert Gordon University and Sabine Goodwin, Independent Food Aid Network...
The Big Issue: Food banks face a hard winter – give people cash instead
18.11.21 Food will never be the solution to poverty. Sabine Goodwin, coordinator for the Independent Food Aid Network, explains why cash is key...
The BMJ: Food poverty set to worsen as September’s Universal Credit cliff edge approaches
26.08.21 Independent food banks have come to expect a busy August as the UK’s social security safety net continues to be eroded. As parents try to find ways of scraping together the cost of new school uniforms and taking care of their children...
IFAN: Disentangling the food surplus and food poverty problems
11.06.21 IFAN has joined the Plenty To Share campaign. Our Coordinator, Sabine Goodwin, recently spoke at a webinar focussed on ending both food waste and food poverty. Here she tells us more...
IFAN: Food insecurity data finally published
29.03.21 However alarming, data on the use of food banks represents the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to food insecurity as only a fraction of people who need help seek out emergency food aid...
The Big Issue: Rashford's fight must not become 'missed opportunity' to end poverty for good
03.11.20 Thanks to Marcus Rashford’s inspirational campaign, well over 1 million people have signed a parliamentary petition to end child poverty in the UK...