In Preston there are lots of organisations providing support if you are struggling to access food.
There are many reasons why it can be difficult to get food on the table. It may be something you have experienced for a long time or it could be a short term issue because of a change in circumstances.
Emergency Food Parcels
If you have no food and no money to buy any, you may be eligible for an emergency food parcel, please contact the providers below.
Noor Food Bank is open every Monday night from 7.15pm until 9pm at Noor Hall Community Centre, next to the mosque in St Paul’s Road.
Noor Foodbank accept self-referrals however, you may be asked for proof of income if you need to visit a second time.
Please contact them using NoorFoodbank@gmail.com
Crisis Support Scheme
Lancashire County Council operate a crisis support scheme and provide support if you don’t have enough money for food or to top up your energy meters.
You can find their eligibility criteria by following the link in the image above.
Please contact the number 0300 123 6735
The Salvation Army requires a referral to get a food parcel. You will need to get a referral from a social worker, housing officer, teacher, GP or another professional you are in contact with.
Many faith organisations also offer support with food parcels to members of their congregation or to individuals and families living in their area. If you live close to a faith organisation such as a church or mosque, please contact them to ask if they provide any support.
If you have some food in your home but money is a little tight, there are plenty of places you can find a bit of help
Free School Meals
If you are in receipt of benefits and you have children, they may be entitled to free school meals.
Follow the link in the image above to see the eligibility criteria.
You can apply using the link above or by calling the number below.
01772 531 809
Healthy Start Vouchers
If you are pregnant, have children under the age of 4 and are on benefits, you may be entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers. (If you are under 18 and pregnant you may also qualify)
Healthy Start provides vouchers with a value of £3.10 each week (per child under 4) to buy milk, fruit, veg and formula milk.
You can find the application forms using the link above, but will need this will need to be signed by your midwife or health visitor.
0844 991 2222
On Tuesdays between 10am-12pm, Ascension Church host a Community Pantry, which is a little like an informal food bank.
You don’t need a referral and you’ll be able to pick up some additional food to take home.
454 Watling Street Road Brookfield Preston PR2 6UA
There are numerous lunch clubs in churches and community venues across Preston.At a lunch club you can normally pick up a hot lunch at a low price and get to know other people in your community.
If you would like to know about lunch clubs in your area, please contact the community engagement team at Preston City Council on 01772 906453.
If it is sometimes difficult to feed yourself or your family well, you may also need some support or advice in some other areas relating to money.