IFAN's Cash First Project
Until everyone is in a position to afford healthy and nutritious food, reducing the barriers to existing financial support is a critical step towards IFAN's vision of a UK where emergency food aid is no longer necessary. The benefits of a 'cash first' approach to poverty are well-documented - you can access resources on this here.
IFAN's Cash First Project is working to support member food aid providers and other key stakeholders in local authorities in both Scotland and England. The project involves helping people in crisis access financial advice and support as an alternative to emergency food aid principally through the co-development of 'cash first' referral leaflets.
IFAN initiated its Cash First Project in June 2020 in Scotland. You can read Dr Chelsea Marshalls blog on a local level 'cash first' approach here. Below, you can access our co-developed 'cash first' referral leaflets for various local authority areas and read briefings based on shared learning from the Cash First Project in Scotland.
IFAN's Cash First Project continues in Scotland and has recently been extended to England thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.