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Emergency Assistance - Free food

Find out what help there is available in emergencies and urgent situations.

Free food


Foodbanks provide emergency boxes of food and offer support for people in a crisis. Foodbanks are good for connecting with your community and identifying other assistance too. 

You can get a voucher to use at the food bank from local charities, doctors’ surgeries, health visitors, social workers and Citizens Advice. 

Some foodbanks offer hot meals and advice sessions.  And some foodbanks in rural areas offer delivery to people who cannot get to the foodbank.

You can search the Trussell Trust website to see if there is a foodbank in your area.

Other places to get food

You can ask your local council, local charities or Citizens Advice about other places to get food like:
•    Soup kitchens
•    Places to go for breakfast or a hot meal
•    Emergency breakfast schemes for children

You can find your local council on the Find your local council page of the website.  You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find your closest Citizens Advice or other charity.

Last updated: January 2018

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