Transformation of the food banks and similar emergency support services in the institutional area of conflict between supply and demand

Food banks and similar emergency support services have been involved in the area of conflict of socio-political, economic and cultural transformation for some time now.

The aim of the empirical project is to perform research in the area of Food Bank services and use. This involves a systematic recording of the various points of view of everyone involved in the food bank movement, i.e. the users, the volunteer helpers, the organisations and charities with a scientific focus. In addition the interaction caused by the various perspectives of the people and organisations involved will be examined.

The purpose of the research is to identify relevant influences for the transformation of the food bank movement with the aim of establishing mutual interests between those involved and of encouraging societal discussion over the value and place of food banks and the food bank movement in the context of societal change.

Project partner

Furtwangen University (Project Management)
Hochschule Esslingen

Duration: 2 years, 2011 - 2013

Further information about Food Banks can be found here.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Selke
Vice Dean
Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
07723 920-2873
Furtwangen Campus , Room O 0.03