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Food bank & help with essentials

Struggling to access or afford food? A local food bank or food club may be able to help.

Food bank provisions are for people in crisis with no other means of accessing or affording food and supplies.

Food clubs are small community groups that aim to help source food for the people who live in their neighbourhood or local area. They run once a week in local community spaces and offer opportunities to socialise with your neighbours while you pick up your food. You don't usually need a formal referral to visit your local Food Club, but some of them are membership-only so you should check on their website or social media pages before you go to make sure.

There's usually a small weekly fee (between £3 - £5) to go to a Food Club, and you might not always pick up all the food you'll need, but the aim is to save you money in the long run, and they can be a great way to try out new foods without worrying about spending money on things you or your family won't end up liking.

There are also links below if you are struggling for other essentials such as school meals and advice from other charities who can help advise what to do.


These organisations are independent of the council. Reference to these different organisations is provided for information purposes only. We cannot give any guarantees as to their work and we cannot be held responsible for the quality of their advice and any support you may receive from them. The details included on this page were correct at the time of input, please visit the websites or use the contact details provided if you have any uncertainty around changes to times and days.

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