• Structural Inequalities Webinar Series

  • This webinar series is run alongside the University of York and more recently with Feeding Britain and focusses on how structural inequalities create and maintain food insecurity in the UK. Below, you can view webinar recordings, register for upcoming sessions and find the reports published following the webinar sessions.

    Barriers to accessing social security entitlements

    5th July 2021 | 4:00-5:30pm

    Co-hosted by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), Feeding Britain, and the University of York. Speakers will discuss how barriers to accessing existing state support (however inadequate) contributes to food insecurity, why the system in place is so difficult to navigate, and how these inherent barriers can be addressed. The session will be chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP, Chris Stephens MP and Deirdre Woods, Co-Chair of IFAN’s Board of Trustees. Speakers include representatives and experts by experience from West Norfolk Disability Information Service, Feeding Birkenhead Supporting Wirral, Z2K and Broke not Broken.

     

    Book your place here and submit written evidence here.

    Immigration Policy and Food Insecurity

    7th June 2021

    Co-hosted by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), Sustain’s Right to Food Programme, Feeding Britain, and the University of York. Speakers considered immigration policies and the impact on the ability of migrants to afford food. The session was chaired by Chris Stephens MP and Deirdre Woods, Co-Chair of IFAN’s Board of Trustees. Panellists included Dr Jasber Singh (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience), Annette James (Micah Liverpool), Ilona Pinter (London School of Economics) and experts by experience representing the Govan Community Project Food for All Group and Brighter Futures.

     

    Resources:

    • Briefing paper (upcoming)

    The Labour Market and Food Insecurity

    20th May 2021

    Co-hosted by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), the University of York, Feeding Britain and the Living Wage Foundation. The webinar considered, among other questions, the employment practices and law, that would prevent the labour market generating need for food banks. The session was chaired by Chris Stephens MP and Baroness Boycott, and panelists included Jessica Goble (Living Wage Foundation), Juli Thompson (Feeding Bradford), Rajesh Makwana (Sufra NW London), Emma (member of Covid Realities) and Caroline (member of Covid Realities).
     

    Resources:

    • Briefing paper (upcoming)

    Disability and Food Insecurity

    22nd February 2021

    Co-hosted by Feeding Britain, IFAN, and the University of York and chaired by Chris Stephens MP and Deirdre Woods, Co-Chair of IFAN’s Board of Trustees. Speakers considered the disproportionate impact of food insecurity on disabled people and how government policy could address these issues. Panellists included Mary Collier (Reaching People), Dr Steffan Evans (The Bevan Foundation), Mark Fancis (Z2K) and Shirley Widdop (Disabled lone parent, Activist & Covid Realities Participant).

     

    Resources:

    • Webinar recording (upcoming)
    • Briefing paper (upcoming)

    Structural Inequalities and the Growing Need for Food Aid

    22nd September 2020

    Co-hosted by the IFAN and the University of York and chaired by Dr Maddy Power, Co-Chair of IFAN's Trustees and Research Fellow at the University of York. Speakers considered inequalities of Gender, Class and Race and how these shape and impact food insecurity in the UK. Panelists included: Dee Woods (IFAN and the Granville Community Kitchen) Kimberly Mcintosh (Child Poverty Action Group) Dr Dave Beck (University of Salford) and Suzanne Babb (Why Hunger).

    Resources:

    Get in touch:

    For any questions, information about support needs, feedback on past webinars or suggestions for
    future webinars, please contact IFAN's Project Officer Maria at maria@foodaidnetwork.org.uk

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