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.
IFAN's Cash First Project involves helping people access any existing financial entitlements through advice and support as an alternative to emergency food aid principally through the co-development and circulation of cash first referral leaflets. We are collaborating on this work with IFAN member organisations and other key stakeholders in local authorities in Scotland and England.
Cash first referral leaflets are now available in Aberdeen, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Highland, North Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian and Glasgow. You can watch a recording of the launch event for the Glasgow leaflet here. We are currently co-developing a cash first referral leaflet for Stirling, and in England work is underway in Brent, Cornwall, Enfield, Huntingdonshire, Lewisham, Lincolnshire, Reading and Sheffield.
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 during the pandemic and beyond: