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Tuesday, 9th December 2014

Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom

From the Introduction:

Our main task in Feeding Britain is to consider the reasons behind the large rise in the use of food banks, and associated provision of emergency food assistance, over the last few years.

Food banks are a response to a specific need, that is that there are people in this country today who are hungry. We are living at a time of difficult financial circumstances. The Government has to make hard choices with limited resources. In this report we make some specific recommendations to various bodies, groups and individuals, suggesting how they can address the reality of what is going on in our society.

However, we want to begin by making some more general and far reaching observations, and to address as wide an audience as possible. We believe there are more significant issues facing our society which our work has brought into focus. There are issues relating, in particular, to the values we share or don’t share as a society – whether we recognise ourselves as part of a larger whole or not....

We heard stories and gained first-hand experience that led us to the conclusion that the rise in the use of food banks does indicate a deeper problem in our society; the ‘glue’ that used to be there is no longer there in many instances. It can be described as the commodification process with people seen as commodities, and the transactions between them are regarded simply as the exchanging of products rather than relationships between two human beings.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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