Campaigning to Improve the Quality of Food in Women's Prisons

Start date

October 2022

End date

February 2023


Drawing on the findings from a ‘Doing Porridge’ project, the investigators will engage with prison staff, policy makers and governmental agencies to build platforms to exchange knowledge and develop practical tools to improve food in prisons. Impact will be achieved in several ways:

  • Delivering knowledge exchange workshops to prison staff and policy makers.
  • Providing a hub that containing up-to-date research and information on research into food in women’s prisons.
  • Use of multiple avenues to campaign for change including developing a charter with the prison service and voluntary organisations to improve the quality of food. 



This is an extension of project ‘Doing Porridge’ which explores the key issue of food in women’s prisons. The expected long-term outcomes will be to increase the food budget for each person in prison and provide informative platforms to educate those working in the criminal justice system and the wider public about the issue of food in women’s prisons.

The project will publish in two academic journals including the Prison Service Journal and Criminology and Criminal Justice. Contributions will be made to governmental reports and parliamentary briefings on improving the role of food in women’s prisons.  Findings will be fed into application to fund a future project: ‘Understanding Women’s Experiences of Feeding their Children in Prison Mother and Baby Units’. 

Expected Impact: 

  • Educate prison staff and policy makers and positively change their perceptions and attitudes towards the provision of food in prison. 
  • Attain the support of prison staff and policy makers to improve the quality of food and identify new and innovative ways of preparing meals on a limited budget in prison. 
  • Create a platform where information is accessible to a wide range of audiences to inform them about up-to-date research, policies, and resources about food in prison. 
  • Diversify meal provision to contribute towards improving overall health and well-being of women in prison.