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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 food to eat, you may be able to get help from a food bank.

Trussell Trust Food Banks

The largest network of food banks is run by the national charity Trussell Trust. Each food bank has a slightly different process for getting and giving food but they will usually need you to get a voucher from a local referral partner (often Citizens Advice bureaux, health and social care professionals and/or local charities).

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, ask if they offer any delivery support..

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

Independent Food Aid Network

The Independent Food Aid Network supports and connects a range of food aid organisations in the UK, including over 400 independent food banks.

Salvation Army Centres

The Salvation Army works with people in difficult situations and often in need of emergency help. Local centres may be able to help with food vouchers/parcels. Some also run their own food bank.


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 your area - Search on the Mutual Aid - local group website

School holidays and food

Families in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who are entitled to free school meals will be given additional support through school holidays. Check your local council website to see what you can get.

Families in England who are entitled to free school meals should be able to access schemes in their area during school holidays. Contact your local council to find out what help they are providing.

Updated: December 2020


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