Weekend reading: Food Banks and their Discontents
Graham Riches. Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity, and the Right to Food. Routledge, 2018.
I’m not sure how I missed this one when it came out. It’s really good.
It is a tough analysis of the politics of charitable food—the institutionalized use of corporate food waste to feed hungry people, largely in OECD countries but also in the U.S.
- The analysis is seen in chapter subtitles, for example:
- Corporate capture: hunger as a charitable business
- Shaming the hungry, regulating the poor
- The “dark side” of food banking
- The corporate food charity state
- Food, as a matter of human rights
The solution? Put rights and politics back into hunger. The book gives examples of how to do this.