Food Behind Bars is a campaign launched in November 2016 by East London based freelance journalist Lucy Vincent. With a background in food, Lucy became interested in the subject after writing a feature about what British women eat in prison, published online by Refinery 29 and featured by the likes of BBC News.
Lucy’s campaign has since been featured on The Guardian and The Huffington Post, as well as local newspapers and radio. She made an appearance on BBC Daily Politics on 12th December 2016 to discuss the issue with politicians. View her video for the BBC here.
During her research, she spoke to ex-prisoners and prison staff and gathered information from the HM Inspectorates’ 2016 report. As the article progressed, it became clear to her that what prisoners are eating inside is having a significant effect on everything from their behaviour, to their health and mental stability. And yet it was a subject that had received little to no coverage or recognition – something this campaign aims to change.
Over a decade ago, Jamie Oliver proved that simple, cheap, nutritional food, packed with fresh fruit and vegetables could transform our country’s classrooms. Surely there’s an argument for doing the same in the UK’s prisons?