• Recent opinion pieces and blogs by IFAN's Coordinator

    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...

    'We're becoming desensitized to donation bins in supermarkets' (Woman & Home)

    13.08.22 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...

    Food aid charities fear the worst as the cost of living crisis takes hold (BMJ)

    16.02.22 At an Independent Food Aid Network member meeting last week, it was clear that things were getting worse, much worse...

    Over two fifths of all supermarket workers earn below a real Living Wage with Emily Roe (The Living Wage Foundation)

    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...

    Good Food is Good Medicine with Dr 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...

    Food banks face a hard winter – give people cash instead (The Big Issue)

    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...

    Food poverty set to worsen as September’s Universal Credit cliff edge approaches (The BMJ)

    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...

    Disentangling the food surplus and food poverty problems (IFAN)

    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...

    Food insecurity data finally published (IFAN)

    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...

    Rashford's fight must not become 'missed opportunity' to end poverty for good (The Big Issue)

    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...

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