Webinar: Structural inequalities and the growing need for food aid : 22 Sep, ONLINE

September 22, 2020 | 1:00 pm 2:30 pm
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Sustain is holding a free webinar on Structural inequalities and the growing need for food aid.

Join the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) and the University of York on Tuesday 22 Sept from 1:00 – 2:30pm for a panel discussion on structural inequalities and food insecurity.

Speakers will look at how Covid-19 has exposed the depth and breadth of structural inequalities in terms of race, gender, and class in the UK, and how this has led to sharp rises in poverty and food bank use.

Register for the webinar via Eventbrite

About this Event

Inequalities built into social structures and institutions, or structural inequalities, shape the way food is accessed and the lived experience of food poverty. COVID-19 has exposed the depth and breadth of structural inequalities in terms of race, gender, and class in the UK and led to sharp rises in poverty and food bank use.

Now, more than ever, it is important to consider how inequalities shape access to food and food aid in the UK. How does race and gender shape the lived experience of poverty and experiences around food? Is food aid exclusive to minority groups? How do government policies create and exacerbate inequalities according to race, gender, and class in terms of the accessibility and affordability of food? What can be done to confront the structural inequalities linked to poverty and access to food?

We will discuss these questions and others alongside our speakers:

  • Dee Woods (IFAN and the Granville Community Kitchen) will reflect upon how race and gender shape access to food in the UK
  • Kimberly Mcintosh (Child Poverty Action Group) will discuss No Recourse to Public Funds and its impact on access to food among refugee communities.
  • Dr Dave Beck (University of Salford) will talk about how class shapes the lived experience of poverty and the dynamics of food aid.
  • Suzanne Babb (Why Hunger) will draw upon learnings from the United States to consider what can be done to confront structural inequalities around gender, race, and class in access to food.

The webinar will be chaired by Maddy Power, Co-Chair of IFAN and Research Fellow at the University of York. Presentations will be kept short to allow time for discussion. The webinar will be structured as a panel session, followed by questions from our audience.

If you would like to submit a question for our panel in advance please do so via the Eventbrite page.

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