Support is available to make sure you are getting enough to eat –  find information on how to get emergency food aid, Healthy Start vouchers, Free School Meals and the welfare grant scheme.

Food banks

Food banks are designed to provide short-term, emergency support with food during a crisis. Foodbanks work using a voucher referral system. Please contact Citizens Advice or One Stop Shops to be referred. To book an appointment to talk with one of our One Stop Shop advisors email:

If you live in South Gloucestershire, these are the local Foodbanks which can support you:


Open for collection 10:00 – 12:00 every Thursday


Open for collection & a few deliveries if needed 2:00 – 4:00 every Tuesday


Open for collection & a few deliveries if needed 2:00 – 4:00 every Friday


Open for collection & a few deliveries if needed 10:00 – 12:00 every Friday

East Bristol Foodbank

This covers Kingswood Foodbank. Open for collection 9:30 – 12:45 every Tuesday & 1:30 – 3:30 every Friday. Phone 07584625082 or email  to check opening times.

Other Foodbanks can be found by searching the map.

In Cadbury Heath, Juice Community Project  can help with emergency food parcels (and shopping, prescription pick-ups). No referral is needed.

For more information, please contact  01454 302302  or email: hello

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 Scheme

Eligible families can get a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can 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.

Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Free School Meals

Information about eligibility criteria for Free School Meals.

Free School Meals webpage