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British Aisles

11 February 2015
  • Social Change
  • Food

Research from Demos, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, explores a more sustainable solution to food banks in the UK. One which addresses the underlying causes of food poverty, and helps to restore to whole communities a degree of control over food security. "British Aisles" presents the findings of a scoping exercise of some 45 models of sustainable ‘community supermarket’ across the UK, the rest of Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. It examines their operating models, including aims, eligibility, staffing, funding and how food is sourced, and considers their applicability to the UK.  

The report recommends a target for the government to halve the number of food banks by 2020, instead furnishing support for existing providers to launch community supermarkets, offering more sustainable, long-term help to lift people permanently out of food poverty. It also outlines a framework to promote greater collaboration between businesses and community supermarkets.

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