Bryce Evans' Story
Bryce Evans travelled to Peru in 2014 to learn about community kitchens.
At the time of his Fellowship, Bryce was researching the history of food poverty and was running Manna Community Kitchen, a food poverty charity based in Liverpool. With the number of food banks in the UK on the rise, he had become increasingly concerned by this issue.
Bryce travelled to several cities in Peru, including the capital Lima, researching comedores populares, a network of state-supported social eating spaces. He came to the conclusion that, despite being considered a developing country, Peru’s approach to food poverty, involving communal dining rather than handouts, was more sustainable than our own.
Bryce’s Fellowship had a profound impact on his running of Manna Community Kitchen; he began to involve users more in the preparation of food, and created opportunities for them to develop transferable cookery skills.
The Fellowship also proved to be the impetus for a major academic research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), into the history of communal dining in the UK. Bryce has presented the findings from this project to the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Hunger and Brazil, and to Maria Eagle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
In 2017, equipped with his experience of the Peruvian model gained during his Fellowship, Bryce will be running a number of pop-up national kitchens to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of public canteens set up to feed people during the First World War.
The Fellowship has also enabled Bryce to network with other Fellows researching food poverty and with other activists in the field.
Read Bryce’s report here