Support is available for those experiencing food poverty – find details and locations of local food banks as well as welfare benefit and debt advice

Emergency food aid

Food banks

Food banks are for emergencies  and provide food usually for a time-limited basis. Most need a referral so to get a foodbank voucher contact one of the advice agencies or telephone or visiting a one stop shop and speak to a customer service advisor.

South Gloucestershire has several foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust Network of foodbanks. Further information about them can be found by downloading a leaflet or searching the map. Below are leaflets for several food banks in South Gloucestershire:

The Juice Community Project runs a food store- To receive help and food you will need to have a food store voucher.

Advice and support

South Gloucestershire Advice Services  have specialist knowledge in the areas of welfare benefit and debt advice.

You may be entitled to other types of support, such as:

  • Hardship Payment (if you have been sanctioned),
  • Short Term Benefit Advance (if you are awaiting your first payment of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance)
  • Universal Credit Advance (if you are awaiting your first payment of Universal Credit) or a
  • Budgeting Loan.

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining any of these you may be eligible to make an application for a Welfare grant scheme. If you think you may not be receiving all the benefits you are entitled to you may find it helpful to Review your Entitlement to Benefits.  You may alternatively be eligible for assistance from other schemes / charities.

Contact South Gloucestershire Advice Service

Healthy Start Vouchers

Eligible families can get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk and free vitamins.

Healthy Start vouchers

School meals

Information about food standards in Schools and eligibility criteria for Free School Meals.

School meals