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.
Premises is closed but still taking referrals
contact using the website https://noorfoodbank.co.uk/
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
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 ( Currently running on reduced hours)
Please see website for details of how to access the service. www.ribblevalley.foodbank.org.uk
Preston Community Hub Food Bank
The Preston Community Hub Food Bank serves members of the community who require assistance due to financial circumstances.
Based on Samuel St, Preston. PR1 4YE
Preston Minster Food Bank
The social action Covid-19 response program of Preston Minster is called #LoveYourNeighbour
Distributing food parcels including non-food items such as nappies, deodorant, soap etc. Focusing Food and Hygiene Pack provision on the City Centre Ward which includes Avenham.
01772 901313 and https://www.prestonminster.org/get-help-form
Share It FoodBank
Share IT! (Ingol and Tanterton) based at Holy Family Pastoral Centre on Redcar Avenue.
Referral System but accepting self-referrals during the Corona Virus situation.
Open Tues 10am-11am /1pm-2pm
Contact Sister Eileen: Tel: 07545277779
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
If you’re isolated by coronavirus and need help ring 01772 906777 or email email@example.com, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
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
Whitby’s Pantry – your local food hub
On Tuesday’s between 9am – 12.20pm
Wednesday 9am – 12.20pm
Intact host a Community Supermarket.
Here you can take home a bag of food for £4.
If you wish to attend please call Intact in advance as numbers are limited.
You must be a member of Intact.
For more information please contact email@example.com or call 01772 760 760.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.