Food Banks

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If you are finding you can’t afford food there is a range of support available through local authority and community services.

Specialist support

Below, you will find organisations and charities who are best suited to assist you

Citizens Advice

You can ask Citizens Advice to issue a voucher and refer you to a food bank. They'll usually make an appointment for you to discuss your situation with an adviser first.

Big Help Project

Our mission is to feed the hungry, overcome poverty, free people from the burden of unmanageable personal debt, help people into affordable housing, and to assist people onto a better future.

The Trussell Trust

No one should go hungry – we’re here to help

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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.

Getting 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.

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