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‘Cash first’ solutions to food insecurity: a new leaflet for Shropshire

We’re very excited that a new ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet which has been co-produced by the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance, local stakeholders and the Independent Food Aid Network is now ready!

The 'Worrying About Money?' leaflets are straightforward resources for people facing financial crisis, and anyone supporting them, to quickly see available advice and cash first support options and which agencies are best placed to help. The aim of this project to reduce the need for emergency food aid by helping people access any existing financial entitlements and advice on income maximisation as a cash first response to food insecurity.

“IFAN has been delighted to work alongside the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance to co-produce Shropshire’s ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet. We hope that this straightforward resource will help people access advice and support to maximise their incomes and reduce the need for food banks. As poverty levels are set to get yet worse with the impending cut to Universal Credit, a cash first approach to food insecurity is more than important than ever.”

Sabine Goodwin, Coordinator of The Independent Food Aid Network

Leaflets are already in circulation in Scotland and other areas of England. The project aims to reduce barriers to existing financial entitlements. This is a critical step towards a UK without the need for emergency food aid, where everyone is in a position to afford adequate, healthy and nutritious food.

The project recognises that many frontline staff and volunteers find it difficult to keep up to date with financial options and services that can help. Many also struggle to feel confident to speak to people about money worries and help them. Our hope is that this leaflet will help both those in need of support, and those working to help them, to navigate what can sometimes be a complex system.

The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance will be hosting a launch event and training sessions for the leaflet in partnership with other local organisations- more details on this to follow soon, watch this space!

For more information about the Shropshire ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet or to request free hard copies, please contact


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