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.
Crisis Support Scheme
Lancashire County Council operate a crisis support scheme
To apply for support with food or fuel costs you should ring the helpline on 0300 123 6735. If you find it difficult to use the phone, a family member or friend can ring on your behalf.
Ribble Valley Foodbank
Provide three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in crisis. The Foodbank is situated in St Paul’s Church, Church Street, Longridge, and is open on Fridays from 11am to 1.30pm.
Please see website for details of how to access the service. www.ribblevalley.foodbank.org.uk
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
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
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 below to see the eligibility criteria.
You can apply using the link above or by calling the number below.
01772 531 809
Holiday Market Project
The Holiday Markets project is an initiative supported by Preston City Council (PCC) to provide access to affordable food for families who may be struggling over the school holidays period, when children are not receiving a free school lunch. PCC works with local community and faith organisations to support them to run pay-as-you-feel markets throughout the school holidays so that local families can access affordable food.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please email email@example.com
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.