Why is emergency food aid provision growing rapidly in one of the most prosperous regions of the UK? The Thames Valley is the home of dreaming spires and pretty Cotswold villages; of shiny shopping centres, designer outlets and the most expensive schools and restaurants in the country. Yet many are hungry.

999 Food celebrates the fact that Christians of all denominations are working to mitigate the immediate effects of food poverty. It looks at seven projects in detail, exploring how they work, who uses food banks and why. This publication addresses the issues of structural injustice that underpin the need for emergency food aid, and calls for advocacy, campaigning and Christian reflection, alongside action. In short, to feed the hungry, but also to ask why the hungry have no food.

Diocese of Oxford, 2014. 999 FOOD – Emergency Food Aid in the Thames Valley – A Snapshot