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Author Fisher, Andy, 1963- author.

Title Big hunger : the unholy alliance between corporate America and anti-hunger groups / Andrew Fisher ; foreword by Saru Jayaraman.

Publication Info. Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, [2017]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  RA645.N87 F56 2017    AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 343 pages ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Food, health, and the environment
Food, health, and the environment.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Occupy hunger -- The charity trap -- The politics of corporate giving -- SNAP's identity crisis -- Economic democracy through ederal food programs -- Who's at the table shapes what's on the agenda -- Innovation within the anti-hunger movement -- Innovative models from outside the anti-hunger field.
Summary Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to an economic emergency. The loss of manufacturing jobs combined with the recession of the early 1980s and Reagan administration cutbacks in federal programs led to an explosion in the growth of food charity. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but the jobs never came back, and the "emergency food system" became an industry. In Big Hunger, Andrew Fisher takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement. From one perspective, anti-hunger leaders have been extraordinarily effective. Food charity is embedded in American civil society, and federal food programs have remained intact while other anti-poverty programs have been eliminated or slashed. But anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Reliant on corporate donations of food and money, anti-hunger organizations have failed to hold business accountable for offshoring jobs, cutting benefits, exploiting workers and rural communities, and resisting wage increases. They have become part of a "hunger industrial complex" that seems as self-perpetuating as the more famous military-industrial complex. Fisher lays out a vision that encompasses a broader definition of hunger characterized by a focus on public health, economic justice, and economic democracy. He points to the work of numerous grassroots organizations that are leading the way in these fields as models for the rest of the anti-hunger sector. It is only through approaches like these that we can hope to end hunger, not just manage it. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Corporations -- Charitable contributions.
Nutrition policy.
Malnutrition -- Prevention.
Food relief.
Nutrition Policy.
Malnutrition -- prevention & control.
Corporations -- Charitable contributions. (OCoLC)fst00879812
Food relief. (OCoLC)fst00931031
Malnutrition -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst01006787
Nutrition policy. (OCoLC)fst01042296
Aide alimentaire.
Politique alimentaire.
United States.
ISBN 9780262036085 (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
0262036088 (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)

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