Find a Foodbank

Health Money News | by | 2nd Jan 2016

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If the bills are piling up and you are worried about how you’re going to feed your family, then you are not alone and there is help and support available.

Your local foodbank can give you essential food items to make meals for your family for three days, and can also advise you on where to get help with other challenges such as benefit sanctions, rent arrears, domestic abuse or divorce.

Some foodbanks also have a benefits adviser available, and sometimes they may offer  courses such as cooking on a budget.

1. Am I entitled to free food?

In most cases you will need to get a food voucher. These are available from your GP (doctor), social worker, job centre, health visitor or from your local Communities First office or Citizens Advice Bureau. Each voucher can be exchanged for enough food for three days. Supplies will include cereal, bread, milk, tins of food, tea/coffee and biscuits.

2.  Find your nearest foodbank.

Click here to Find a foodbank.  If you live in a rural area and don’t have transport then call them to see if they can deliver.

Local churches and charities may also be running a foodbank closer to where you live.  Contact your Family Information Service (FIS) or Communities First to find out what’s available.

3. Need emergency financial help?

If you’ve hit a crisis and your health is at risk because you can’t afford to eat or heat your home, then you may be able to get assistance with the ‘discretionary assistance fund‘.  Call them to see if you are eligible.

  • Telephone – call 0800 859 5924 free from a landline or 03301 015 000 which is charged a local rate.
  • You can also contact the National Debt Helpline – 0808 808 4000

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