Please click here for a copy of research carried out jointly by the University of Wolverhampton and Citizens’ Advice Wolverhampton. The research begins to examine the experiences of those using and managing food banks in Wolverhampton. Importantly, the research starts to identify some of the varied challenges faced by people using food banks as well as the challenges faced by those managing food banks.
One of the main concerns seems to be that food banks are relatively independent and receive little in the way of public sector support. However, their role in welfare is becoming too significant to be left with (i) no contingency plans and (ii) what can at times be a model of service delivery that has concerns regarding sustainability. At a time when the level of food bank demand is starting to exceed its limits, consideration needs to be given to how food banks are supported.