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 Parcel
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.
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Cottam Society of St Vincent De Paul
Preston Here For Humanity
Providing Hot meals and Food parcels
For More information please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrestonHereForHumanity/
Noor Food Bank Noor Hall
Provide food parcels
Any families requiring a food parcel will need to be referred through website www.noorfoodbank.co.uk
Preston Community Hub
Churches Together in Penwortham
Provides food parcels
for more information please visit https://www.penworthammethodist.org.uk/penworthamfoodbank.htm
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.
Preston’s Promise is offering a grocery shopping service for those in need in the Preston area- whether due to quarantine, self-isolation, illness, mobility or a negative change in circumstances.
The Kind Shopping services requires service users to complete a booking form if they require assistance with grocery shopping, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if they prefer a callback to take down their details. Booking form may be found here- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PXAi0AXQWYdmvyIb7iFjKkXw1XBXwVnUEpPJvirvV4s
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
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.
Whitby’s Pantry – your local food hub
The Whitby Pantry is open Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s 9am – 3pm.
Intact host a Community Supermarket.
Here you can take home a bag of food for £5.
If you wish to attend please call Intact in advance as numbers are limited.
You need to apply to be a member of the Pantry, which you can do over the phone or in person.
For more information please contact email@example.com or call 01772 760 760.
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
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.