The Independent Food Aid Network's strategy:
This strategy sets out how the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) seeks to realise this vision and achieve its aims whilst upholding the core principles first outlined when the organisation was founded in 2016.
IFAN’s vision is of a UK where everyone can eat good food and emergency food aid is no longer necessary.
To fulfil this vision, IFAN has three main aims:
- to connect members to each other to share best practice and ideas
- to connect members, researchers, journalists and members of the public to provide a variety of learning opportunities, support current research, shape future research and strengthen advocacy efforts
- to call for the structural changes needed for emergency food aid to be reduced and eliminated in the long-term.
Underpinning these aims, IFAN is driven by two key principles:
- A recognition that food poverty, or food insecurity, is the result of structural issues relating in particular to insufficient social welfare provision, insecure and low paid employment, problems of insecure, inadequate and expensive housing, poor health, and environmentally unsustainable and socially unjust food production and distribution system.
- A recognition of the importance of good food and wellbeing and that growing food, taking food beyond the cash economy and connecting with nature contributes to individual and community health and provides space for wider civic engagement.
As both IFAN and the wider emergency food aid sector has continued to grow, we have added a 3rd principle:
- A recognition that although seeking to bring an end to food insecurity in the long term, IFAN recognise that there remains a need for emergency charitable food aid in the short term. IFAN exists partly to help support and develop the most effective and least stigmatising forms of emergency food aid provision while it is needed, but in ways that do not further embed or institutionalise what should be a short-term solution.
To achieve this vision and meet these aims, IFAN organises its activities in three broad areas: