We are embedding use of the referral tool with organisations that direct people to food banks or other emergency food providers. This enables them to first identify suitable income maximisation advice. We are encouraging the agencies to make an active referral, ie an appointment, with an organisation who can provide support rather than simply signposting eg giving someone a phone number to call or a website to visit. The aim is to help tackle the underlying causes of food insecurity, and reduce the reliance on food banks, pantries and food clubs.
We would encourage anyone referring service users in Tameside to food banks etc to access the referral tool here, (the Oldham tool will be published soon) and help enable people to access income maximisation support.
If you are using our referral tool, or plan to do so, we would appreciate your feedback about how you are finding the tool and its use – this feedback can be positive or negative, we want to learn and make this the best process it can be.
Reporting: Please use this form to help us collect data about how the referral tool is used, what support people are accessing, and what support people need but cannot access. This will help us to learn from the pilot and improve the process, as well as highlighting any gaps in support. This form is specifically to tell us about people you have used the tool with, who have come to you needing a food bank voucher. Please complete this simple form on a monthly basis to help us achieve this and make support for those experiencing food poverty stronger.
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The Food Security Programme is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.