A group of 40 representatives of independent, grassroots food aid providers came together to form the network in May 2016 at an event held in Manchester. There are many hundreds of independent food aid providers including food banks across the UK which, until 2016, have had no national representation. We believe that by bringing them together we are in process of creating a powerful voice for change.
The idea for the Independent Food Aid Network was developed Seb Mayfield in collaboration with Steph Ellis, Jon May and Chris Sunderland following Seb's visit to Canada where food banks have existed for decades.
Seb saw the potential for an alternative approach to food poverty as practised in Canada through Community Food Centres, published a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust report on the subject and
we are grateful to him for his hard work and commitment to getting IFAN off the ground.
Many thanks as well to Ren Piercy, Lucy Cullen and Sharon Ball for their valuable help as volunteers during 2018.
We are also very grateful to Chris Sunderland for his enormous contribution in time and wisdom
as trustee from 2016 to 2019.
IFAN envisions a UK where everyone can eat good food and food aid is no longer necessary.