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Using ‘cash first’ approaches to address food insecurity

Both before and during the pandemic, agencies and community food initiatives have collaborated to redirect people experiencing food insecurity towards ‘cash first’ options, such as welfare or financial advice.

The Independent Food Aid Network and partners have supported this approach by developing ‘cash first’ referral leaflets for 14 local areas across Scotland. These provide signposting information for individuals experiencing financial crisis. The most recent cash first leaflet was launched last week in Glasgow and a recording of this event is available on Youtube, which provides insight into the process of producing these leaflets.

The leaflets are available on the IFAN website and include some translated versions.

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