IFAN is a network of independent, grassroots food aid providers. There are many hundreds of food aid providers across the UK which, until 2016, have had no national representation and we believe that by bringing them together we are in process of creating a powerful voice for change.
A group of people involved in local food aid provision came together to form the network in May 2016 following an event held in Manchester. This event brought together 40 food aid providers to find out what they wanted from a new UK network.
After drafting a set of aims for the network, a survey was sent to food aid providers to get their views, enabling us to launch the network with a vision, aims, values and principles that we know truly represents those of our members.