Food banks are part of the fabric of the welfare state. But what happens inside them?
Health scientist Maddy Power exposes the inner workings of Britain’s food banks, revealing how religion structures food distribution and how Whiteness shapes the daily practices of food banks.
In conversation with anti-poverty activists and experts-by-experience, Sydnie and Mary, Maddy asks: should we be providing food charity at all?
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About the speakers
Maddy Power is an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow in Health Sciences at the University of York. She leads the research programme Food for Thought, which looks at the impact of food poverty on mental health. She also co-leads the Changing Realities research programme, which is working in partnership with parents and carers to document life on a low-income and push for change. Since 2017, she has worked collaboratively with people with lived experience of food poverty, charities and policy makers in York to tackle food poverty in the city. Maddy is the author of Hunger, Whiteness and Religion in Neoliberal Britain: An Inequality of Power and A Year Like No Other: Life on a Low Income During Covid-19. Maddy lives in York.
Sydnie Corley is an anti-poverty activist, expert-by-experience and artist based in York. She has campaigned against poverty and food poverty for almost a decade. She is a former Chair of the York Food
Justice Alliance, a partnership between charities, people with lived experience of poverty, policy makers, and businesses working to tackle food poverty in York. She has appeared on BBC Radio York, BBC News and in the Guardian to raise awareness of poverty and food charity. Sydnie lives in York.
Mary Passeri is a York-based anti-poverty activist, expert-by-experience and member of the York Poverty Truth Commission. She has been a campaigner on issues around poverty for well over a decade. She previously ran Chill in the Community CIC, a café providing food and support to members of the community. She is a former Chair of the York Food Justice Alliance and has appeared on BBC Radio York and in local news media to talk about food poverty and food charity in the City of York. Mary lives in York.