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 and in which good food is accessible to all. 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. 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 but also extends to the promotion of the payment of a Real Living Wage at a local level and to advocating for a cash first approach to food insecurity at a national level.
The benefits of a cash first, rather than a food aid 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 below:
Using a 'cash first' approach at a local level (UK):
Local Independent Food Bank Information
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