• We are the UK network of independent food aid providers


    Our vision is of a country without the need for charitable food aid where adequate and nutritious food is affordable to all 

  • As inflation soars, independent food banks are struggling to cope 

    Independent food banks have seen dramatic increases in need for their services since the Autumn of 2021. In our latest survey, 168 of 194 independent food banks saw a drop in food and/or financial donations and with many having to dip into their financial reserves to pay for food or vouchers
    Find out more here

    IFAN's letter to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor

    Our members are struggling to cope as a real-terms cut to benefits on top of the cost-of-living crisis drives yet more people into poverty and destitution. Read our letter to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor here.

    Find a cash first referral leaflet for your area

    Find a 'Worrying About Money? or cash first referral leaflet for your area and request printed copies. Access translated, one-page and digital versions, and find out about cash first training sessions and upcoming launch events.

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  • Mapping the UK's independent food banks

    Since February 2017, IFAN has identified at least 1172 independent food banks operating across the UK. Find out more about this critical work.

    Read: Our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on its draft plan to the end the need for food banks

    IFAN's response calls for a plan to end the need for charitable food aid in Scotland. Read our response in full.

    Read: Pushed to the Edge: Poverty, Food Banks and Mental Health 

    Mental Health Social Worker Tom Pollard wrote this report in collaboration with IFAN and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. We're grateful to all the contributors to the report and our member organisations  the Earlsfield Foodbank and The Community Cupboard for their help and support.
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