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Taking stock of the ambiguous role of foodbanks in the fight against poverty

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This article distills three key issues of concern from the literature on the role of foodbanks in the fight against poverty. It illustrates these issues with empirical material from a study on foodbanks in Belgium. The first issue concerns the problematic relation of foodbanks to structural poverty reduction. Second is the problematic position of people in poverty within the foodbank system. Third is the role of foodbanks in so called ‘welfare retrenchment’ and the shifting of responsibility from state to charity. We end by discussing recent evolutions and reflecting on what margin exists to improve in each three areas.
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Keywords: Belgium; foodbanks; poverty; stigma; structural poverty reduction; welfare failure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

Publication date: June 1, 2018

This article was made available online on March 17, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Taking stock of the ambiguous role of foodbanks in the fight against poverty".

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