This morning I was up with the birds to be interviewed live for BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.
The Justine Greene programme at 7am features a weekly ethical debate and today it featured Gavin Kibble from Coventry Food Bank and myself talking about the great food divide.
Over the last few weeks there have been eight food festivals held in Warwickshire, which is the same number of food banks in the county. I was asked to speak about why food festivals are so popular, why we are so obsessed with food and if food festivals could help people make informed choices about the food they buy at the least possible cost.
Gavin explained how essential food banks are and what is typically contained in a food parcel. He spoke about the importance of food banks and how people are relying on them to put food on their table. He feels that for some people, food is becoming a discretionary item where choices are determined by how much they have to spend so they avoid luxury items and go back to basics. The collective responsibility to keep everyone fed has seen a return to the old-fashioned values of the community looking after the community in Coventry. From the visitors to Coventry Food Bank 50% would like to know how to cook.
This was an insightful experience for me and a reminder not to take buying, cooking and eating good quality food for granted.