Call for papers: A Special Issue of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development on global food banking

Society’s responsibility in feeding the hungry is not a new phenomenon. The Bible, the Torah and the Koran each respectively contain historical sacred scriptures for religious faith believers to follow, not only for personal spiritual redemption, but also to demonstrate the Supreme Being’s action in the here-and-now.

What is a relatively new phenomenon dating back just a few decades is the establishment of food banks for reclaiming wholesale food products for distribution to nonprofit agencies serving food insecure clients. In this context, food banks are defined as non-profit community warehouses that collect food donations from throughout the full scope of the supply chain and then distribute that product typically to other non-profit organizations that provide some type of feeding programs to their clients.  While some food banks engage in direct distribution to vulnerable populations, for the most part the food banks serve in a “wholesale-level” capacity supplying other NGOs and community organizations.

The goal of this Special Issue is to better understand both the practice and the theoretical underpinning of the business model of food banks that serve as a charitable tool to reduce overall hunger, manifest sustainable development and bring about positive peace [1]. We aim not only to inform, highlight best practices in the field and examine existent cutting-edge research, but also to inspire others to become part of this social justice movement for positive change.

We seek scholarly articles/essays, personal reflective narratives, research findings, and analyses of food banking and its impact on global food insecurity. In addition, we are looking for empirical case studies written by practitioners in the field to shed critical insights into the operation, cutting edge practices and micro-enterprise nonprofit business models surrounding food banking, reflecting a global perspective.

In particular, we seek papers that cross-disciplinary boundaries, analyzing critical challenges and identifying emerging trends at the intersection of food banking and global food insecurity. Papers should address in part or whole:

  • Food banking and “positive peace”
  • Nonprofit and for-profit business models that further enhance the growth and distributive reach of food banks
  •  The relationship generally between food security and environmental
    sustainable development
  • The environmental consequences of global food banking, particularly in reference to global warming and solid waste management
  • The role of food banks in promoting sustainable peace and the effect of food banking on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 1, 2, 13 and 16 [2]
  • The role of grassroots advocacy in creating long-term and sustainable food banking         
  • The relationship between food banking and inter/national governance structures. Can the globalized food industry do more in addressing food insecurity? Will “good Samaritan” legal protections bring greater largess from the food industry?

Sub-topical themes could include:

  • Strengthening business sustainability with community inclusiveness
  • Leadership legitimacy in food banking
  • Increasing the role of the world’s mainstream religions in combating poverty and food insecurity (without proselytizing) in novel new partnerships with food bank institutions
  • Identifying enhanced customer service in the practice of feeding those in need
  • The “value-added” component of getting more nutritious donated commodities into the emergency food system.

Submission and Publication

Deadline for abstract submission: 16th May 2016

Full paper submission: 5th October 2016

Publication: 15th June 2017

For more information, please contact H. Eric Schockman, Associate Professor of Leadership at Woodbury University (Eric.Schockman@woodbury.edu)

To submit a paper please use the BPSD online submission portal.

Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (BPSD) is a peer-reviewed journal that aims at understanding the role of the business sector in enhancing peace and reducing violence, and contributing to sustainable development. Corporate peace is an umbrella concept that contains business, social and strategic dimensions. It is the capacity of an organization to consider peace and the reduction of violence as a component in its business strategy, and the utilization of business resources to raise awareness and enhance peace. While research has been published on business and peace and peace through commerce, BPSD is the first journal dedicated to the mutual contribution of business and peace.

Editor: Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia (debbie.haski-leventhal@mgsm.edu.au)

Assistant publisher: Rhian Williams, Greenleaf Publishing (rhian.williams@greenleaf-publishing.com)


1 We apply John Galtung’s concept of positive peace, which is a state of peace where people are interacting non-violently and are managing their conflict positively—with respectful attention to the legitimate needs and interest of all. Positive peace includes issues such as human rights.

2 Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere; Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; Goal #13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). And of additional foremost importance, Goal #16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provide access to justice for all and build effective accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.