Food and essentials

If you're struggling to buy food, help is available.

If you find yourself unable to afford food or are struggling with eating healthily, don't worry, you are not alone.

It can be very difficult to talk about, but please don't let feeling awkward stop you from getting help. 

Have a question? Call us on 01992 453 700

Here are some options:

Food banks 

Food banks are community organisations that can help if you're struggling to afford food. Before you go to a food bank, you usually need to get a voucher. We can give out these vouchers or you can get them from another referral agency (e.g. doctors, social workers, etc). Please contact us for vouchers. 

Here are some local organisations that may be able to help: 

Free school meals 

The cost of school meals can really add up. If you're a parent or carer and you're worried about money, check if your child can get free school meals and find out how to apply on your local authority’s website.

Free school meals are only available to school-aged children (Reception onwards). If you’re pregnant or have a young child under four, you could be eligible for Healthy Start funds worth £4.25 a week for you and your child.

Healthy eating tools 

If you want to start eating healthier, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some tools that can help: