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.

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

Outlets are slowly re-opening but please check opening hours Locations | North Bristol Foodbank

Limited Delivery Service – A very limited delivery service will be provided. Deliveries will be in place only for those who are forced to self-isolate because of a confirmed case of Covid-19 or due to other circumstances where a delivery is deemed essential.

For those who do not have transport, please ask family, friends and neighbours to help collect your food parcel on your behalf. Search this community support directory for groups that provide local help and support.

East Bristol Foodbank – covers Kingswood Foodbank. A Referral voucher is required. 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 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

Free School Meals

Information about eligibility criteria for Free School Meals.

Free School Meals webpage

Getting Enough To Eat

The Getting Enough to Eat document in the download section may be helpful if you or your family do not have enough food to eat.

It contains different food options which include home delivery, telephone ordering, prepared meal delivery and other non-supermarket food delivery providers.

This summary has been produced to support individuals and families during the COVID-19 situation. The list of suppliers is not exhaustive and South Gloucestershire Council does not endorse any particular commercial product or service.

The list is in two parts, for people who:

  • Can afford to buy food but are unable to go shopping
  • Cannot afford to buy food and are unable to go shopping
Getting enough to eat