Food Access


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

Provide food parcels and food vouchers 


for more information please visit 

Preston Here For Humanity

Providing Hot meals and Food parcels


01772 827 728

For More information please visit

Luv Preston

Providing food parcels


For more information please visit 

Noor Food Bank Noor Hall

Provide food parcels 

Any families requiring a food parcel will need to be referred through website 

Preston Community Hub

Provide Food Parcels


for more information please visit 

Salvation Army

Provide food parcels


For more information please visit 

Churches Together in Penwortham

Provides food parcels


for more information please visit 

Ribble Valley Food Bank

Provide food parcels


For mroe information please visit 

Share It

open 5 sessions per week 
Monday 2.30-3.30
Tuesday 10-11
Wednesday 2.30-3.30
Thursday 10-11
Saturday 10-11
Whitby Avenue corner of Redcar Avenue, Ingol PR2 3YP
M. 0755 277779

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.

Food Access

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 Promise

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 if they prefer a callback to take down their details. Booking form may be found here-


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

Lunch Clubs

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 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 

Community Pantry

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

454 Watling Street Road Brookfield Preston PR2 6UA

Other Support

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.

Please see some of our other pages which may be able to help

Money Advice 

Help With Benefits

Housing and Homelessness