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Join the Independent
Food Aid Network (IFAN)

Membership is free to all independent food aid organisations sharing IFAN's vision on ending the need for charitable food aid in the UK. Find out more about IFAN membership below and join the network by completing our membership form.

The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) supports and advocates on behalf of independent food aid providers operating across the UK while the need for charitable food aid exists. The network's membership includes over 550 independent food banks while IFAN has been responsible for the identification of at least 1172 independent food banks across the whole of the UK. IFAN’s vision is of a country without the need for charitable food aid where adequate and nutritious food is affordable to all.


IFAN supports and advocates on behalf of its member organisations in a range of different ways including:

  • sharing advice, guidelines, best practice and funding opportunities

  • running regular meetings, webinars and conferences for member organisations to share concerns, ideas and best practice

  • collating and reporting on data from member independent food banks and using these figures to advocate for policy changes 

  • leading work across the UK to co-develop local 'Worrying About Money?' cash first referral leaflets

  • advocating for a cash first approach to food insecurity when providing comments, information and written submissions on members' behalf through the media, at events, within advisory groups, through evidence-gathering inquiries, in collaborative work with academics and other anti-poverty charities, and at meetings with central, national and local government teams as well as elected representatives

  • facilitating member contributions in media coverage, national surveys, research projects, events and conferences

You can sign up to IFAN as a member using our membership form below. If you have any questions about joining IFAN please contact us at

Using mobile? You can access our membership form here.

"Having set up a food bank in Bolton in late March '21, the process has been challenging and enjoyable. We have met some remarkable human beings and also seen and heard some difficult situations. Being part of IFAN is unique in that you get to see the way others across the UK are working on the same problem albeit in different locales with different models. It's also reassuring to see that we can on occasion despite others operating a food bank for longer than us struggling with the same issues. A common forum for us to share our stories and ambitions and do our part for the community."

Adil Patel, Crescent Food Bank

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