Cash First Project:
Between June and November 2020, Dr Chelsea Marshall is working with the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) on a project to support a 'cash first' approach at a local level. The project will involve co-developing practical tools aimed at improving access to cash-based options for those experiencing food insecurity as well as working collaboratively with food aid providers to understand, record and share learning about how these ‘cash first’ options support a reduction in the need for food aid. Key findings will inform ongoing discussions about how Scotland will pursue its commitment to end the need for food banks during the pandemic and beyond.
How the delivery of Scottish Welfare Fund can reduce the need for emergency food aid:
Evidence from the Trussell Trust and IFAN shows that a cash-based response is the most effective and dignified way to support anyone in financial crisis. By ensuring income is maximised first, the number of people seeking assistance from food banks can and could be significantly reduced. Find out more in our joint document for local authority teams in Scotland here.
Scotland's independent food banks' data:
IFAN collated data from independent food banks in Scotland comparing February to July 2019 with February to July 2020. Our full report on this data can be found here.
Previously, following the onset of COVID-19, we published data collated from independent food banks looking at February to April 2019 and February to April 2020. You can read this report here.
IFAN has been collating emergency food parcel distribution figures from independent food banks in Scotland since March 2019, read more here.
Reports from IFAN frontline food aid providers in Scotland: