The Guardian and Royal Court put together this dramatization about food poverty and portrays a politician defending her view that people accessing food banks are free-riders and lack resourcefullness. She claims it is actually quite simple to make something out of basic store-cupboard items, but then finds it difficult to make much of a meal out of tomato soup, sardines and tea and with no
Despite claims by ignorant politicians, food poverty is not a choice and emergency food aid is a last resort. Most importantly, we need to examine the root causes of food poverty: growing inequality, fuel poverty, declining income, lack of living wage, benefits sanctions and the retreat of the state from providing a social safety net.
These kinds of dramatized interventions provoke new thinking and action. We are initiating a participatory video project and plan to use similar methods of visual/dramatic provocation. Get in touch if you’re interested in learning more.