Coronavirus update

In light of the coronavirus outbreak and recent national guidelines, opening times of some food banks may change. This page will be updated as we receive information about opening arrangements of each food bank.
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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 designed to provide short-term, emergency support with food during a crisis. If you live in South Gloucestershire these are the Foodbanks which can support you:

North Bristol Foodbank –  covers Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield Foodbanks

These Foodbanks are no longer open for people to pick up food. A foodbank volunteer will deliver food to people’s homes. All requests for food need to have an e-voucher. Please send this to vouchers@northbristol.foodbank.org.uk. E-vouchers can be requested from many of the local community organisations (for instance GPs, Health Visitors and advice agencies) and South Gloucestershire Council Tel: 01454 863598 or email Dani.Masters@southglos.gov.uk

East Bristol Foodbank – covers Kingswood Foodbank.  Open every Monday 11:00am – 1.00pm but food can be delivered to those who need it. Referral voucher is required.

Further information can be found by searching the map.

In Cadbury Heath, Juice Community Project runs a food store –  currently food will be delivered to a registered clients home. For more information please telephone 01454 302302  or email: hello​@juicecic.com

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