The Economics of Emergency Food Aid Provision

A Financial, Social and Cultural Perspective

  • Martin Caraher
  • Sinéad Furey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Martin Caraher, Sinéad Furey
    Pages 1-24
  3. Martin Caraher, Sinéad Furey
    Pages 49-72
  4. Martin Caraher, Sinéad Furey
    Pages 73-90
  5. Martin Caraher, Sinéad Furey
    Pages 91-108
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-111

About this book


This short book reviews the provision of food bank and other emergency food aid provision with a specific focus on the UK, whilst drawing lessons from North America, Brazil and Europe. The authors look at the historical positioning of food aid and the growth of the food aid sector in the UK following the period of austerity 2007-2012, before addressing the causes of food insecurity and concluding that food banks are a symptom of austerity and government inaction which fail to tackle the underlying causes of food poverty. The research is timely, and considers a range of disciplines and practices. This book will appeal to researchers, policy makers and practitioners food economics, welfare economics, public policy, public health, food studies, nutrition, and the wider social sciences.


Food banks Emergency food aid provision social supermarkets food banking food poverty hunger food insecurity food aid system

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Caraher
    • 1
  • Sinéad Furey
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Food PolicyCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Ulster UniversityColeraineUnited Kingdom

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