If you are finding you can’t afford food there is a range of support available through local authority and community services.
Food banks are community organisations that can help if you can’t afford the food you need.
You’ll usually need to get a referral to a food bank before you can use it. This includes all food banks run by the Trussell Trust.
You can get a referral for yourself and any family members you live with – including your partner.
You might be able to use some food banks without a referral – for example, if it’s run by a church. Contact your local food bank to see if you need a referral.
You can ask Citizens Advice to refer you to a food bank. They’ll usually make an appointment for you to discuss your situation with an adviser first.
The adviser will ask you some questions to check you’re eligible for the food bank. If you’re eligible, they’ll give you a voucher for your nearest food bank.
They can also check if you should be getting any benefits you’re not currently claiming and tell you about other local help you could get. The adviser can give you advice about budgeting and any debts you have.