IFAN's Cash First Project
Reducing barriers to existing financial entitlements is a critical step towards IFAN's vision of a UK without the need for emergency food aid, where everyone is in a position to afford adequate, healthy and nutritious food.
IFAN initiated its Cash First Project in June 2020 based on learning from Scotland's A Menu for Change project and in collaboration with Nourish Scotland. The benefits of a cash first approach to financial crisis and food insecurity are well-documented. You can access resources on using a cash first approach at a local level as well as overseas here. You can also read Dr Chelsea Marshall's blog on IFAN's work to promote a cash first approach in Scotland. You can also view recordings of two webinars hosted by Sustain in February and June 2021 to hear more about IFAN's work on a cash-first approach.
IFAN's Cash First Project involves promoting a cash first response food insecurity principally through the co-development and circulation of cash first referral leaflets. We are currently collaborating on this work with IFAN member organisations and other key stakeholders in local authorities in Scotland, England and Wales . Find out more here.
Cash First Project Briefings
The purpose of these briefings is to use key findings to inform ongoing discussions on reducing the need for food aid in the UK through a cash first approach to food insecurity:
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