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May 2015

New film sheds light on food insecurity in the UK

(27 April 2015)

The new film, funded by the School of Social Sciences, provides a snapshot of the large numbers of people in the UK who find themselves constrained in their food choices and skip meals, often to prioritise their families. It features interviews with food bank users, many of whom were reluctant to seek food aid.

The film, which sits alongside research by Dr Kingsley Purdam, Elisabeth Garratt and Professor Aneez Esmail, documents the growing role of food banks in the UK and highlights the issue of food insecurity and how it can impact on the lives of vulnerable people.

Food insecurity - when people do not have the economic, social and physical resources to shop, cook and eat in order to ensure a sufficient supply of nutritionally appropriate food - is now more widespread than had previously been estimated.

The University has responded to the problem by setting up a partnership with five local charities to focus on reducing food waste and food costs, and by supporting people to share their skills and to cook their own, cheaper meals.

 

Find out more on the policy@manchester blog