Get help if you can’t access food. 

Financial help and support

Further information and support is available on the South Gloucestershire council website.

Cost Of Living Webpage

Support from community organisations 

The South Gloucestershire directory lists local groups and organisations that can help access free or low-cost food. These include food banks, community fridges, community cafes and food clubs food support directory 

Food Support directory

Foodbanks work using a voucher referral system.  

Please contact Citizens Advice or One Stop Shops to be referred. Our customer care officers will speak to you in confidence. 

If you would like to talk to us call our freephone helpline 0800 953 7778.  

Opening times: 

  • 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday 
  • 8.45am to 4.30pm Friday 

Or you can book an appointment by emailing 


Support with feeding your children 

Healthy Start Scheme 

Eligible families can get a Healthy Start payment card to use in some UK shops. This can then be spent on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk and free vitamins.  

Healthy Start website

Free school meals  

If you are eligible for free school meals you should apply for each child when they start school.  

Free School meals


School holiday activities and food programme 

The council are offering holiday activities and food clubs (also referred to as HAF) for children aged 5 to 16 years who live in South Gloucestershire. 

This programme aims to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the school holidays to children who are aged between 5 to 16 years old and receive benefits-related free school meals. 

School Holiday activity and food programme