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Emergency Information - Don't have enough to eat

You might find yourself caught short of money and need help with essentials like food or paying your bills. Please look at the range of support options we discuss in this guide.

Don't have enough to eat

If you are struggling to afford enough to eat, you may be able to get help from a food bank.

The largest network of food banks is run by the Trussell Trust. Each food bank has a slightly different process for getting food but they will usually need you to get a voucher from a local referral partner. Contact your local food bank to see how they can help you. If you are unable to get to the food bank to collect food, speak to the food bank to ask if they have any support in place.

Food banks may also be able to provide essential household items, hygiene products or pet food.  If these are what you need, ask your local food bank what they can help with.

If you are unable to get food because you are not able to get to the shop because of coronavirus, there might be a volunteer group in your area who can help you. Contact your local council so they can put you in touch with a group in your area.

There are also many local support groups that will provide support in their area - Search on the Mutual Aid - local group website - . 

Families who usually get free school meals are entitled to supermarket vouchers while schools are closed because of coronavirus. If you aren’t getting these, you should get in touch with your child’s school.

Updated 28 April 2020


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