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Hungry BritainThe Rise of Food Charity$
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Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328285

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328285.001.0001

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Food charity as caring

Food charity as caring

(p.95) Six Food charity as caring
Hungry Britain

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Policy Press

Chapter 6 looks at where charitable emergency food provision fits into responsibilities to respect, protect and fulfil the human right to food. It employs a theory of care ethics to explore the nature of need for emergency food provision and how providers define success within these systems. Whilst need and success are often spoken of in immediate terms (crisis and meeting immediate need) this in fact belies the more nuanced appreciation organisations have for the complex circumstances which underpin need for emergency food and how they understand the impact of their projects on recipients’ lives. The chapter goes on to discuss the ways in which emergency food providers are assuming responsibility for caring for the hungry with mixed feelings. It places these findings within the context of care ethics approaches which see care as structural and public and discusses how these endeavours could be interpreted as privatised care, fitting within wider neo-liberal shifts. The chapter concludes that in line with care ethics approaches, the right to food framework indicates that there might be a particular role for emergency food providers, in relation to political engagement and utilising the power of their collective voice.

Keywords:   Care ethics, right to food, collective voice, social movement, need, success

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