• IFAN in Scotland

    Using a cash-first approach at local level towards ending the need for emergency food aid in Scotland:

     

    Between June and August 2020, Dr Chelsea Marshall is working with 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. Read more about the project here.

     

    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.

     

    Reports from IFAN frontline food aid providers in Scotland:

    Providing food vouchers to referral agencies in Moray by Mairi McCallum, Moray Food Plus

     

    Scotland's independent food banks' data:

     

    Following the outbreak of Covid-19, IFAN collated data from independent food banks in Scotland comparing February to April 2019 with February to April 2020. Our report on this data can be found here.
     

    IFAN has been collating emergency food parcel distribution figures from independent food banks in Scotland since March 2019, read more here.

     

    To find out more or ask any questions please contact Sabine Goodwin at ifanconnect@gmail.com.

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