Change and innovation in food aid provision in Sussex and Southwest London during the COVID-19 pandemic
Article publication date: 17 October 2022
The purpose of this paper is to examine how food aid providers in Sussex and Southwest London responded and managed during the pandemic.
The methodological approach consists of three inter-related layers. A qualitative description research approach based on naturalistic inquiry, supplemented by site visits and personal observations was used.
The pandemic catalysed dramatic, often positive, changes to the provision of food aid, with a move away from the traditional food bank model. It brought about increased coordination and oversight, as well as the upscaling of capabilities, infrastructure and provisions.
The paper contributes to the literature on food aid in the UK It provides evidence for how providers are transforming the sector for the better and potentially helping to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.
Funding: The research has been supported by a small research grant from the Centre for Research into Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID) and a London Met Research Transformation grant.
Ranta, R., Mulrooney, H.M. and Bhakta, D. (2022), "Change and innovation in food aid provision in Sussex and Southwest London during the COVID-19 pandemic", British Food Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-05-2022-0442
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