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Help with food


If you're in a crisis and you can't afford food, you might be able to get free food from a foodbank. A crisis might be something like losing your job, becoming homeless, or getting an unexpected bill which leaves you with no money. You'll need a voucher before you can get food from a food bank.

Find out where foodbanks are and how to get a voucher.

In an emergency

We can provide emergency food/utilities Monday to Friday. If you're in need, call Freephone 0808 1789278.

If you need help with food in an emergency, the White Feather Project offers help 7 days a week, from 9am to 10pm. If you need support, please contact the White Feather Project on 07552 830185.

We also offer emergency help through the Community Support Team (Monday to Friday), who can be contacted on 0808 1789278 (Freephone).

Eco shops

Eco Shops are pop-up shops in schools and community venues, selling high-quality supermarket food which would otherwise be thrown away.

Visit an Eco Shop (with your own shopping bag), and you can choose 10 items for a donation of just £2.

The food changes each week, but it's mainly food and drink in tins, jars, packets, and bottles, as well as a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Find out where your nearest eco shop is.

Free school meals

All children in Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 can get free school meals.

Children in Year 3 or above can get free school meals if you're getting certain benefits.

Find out more and apply for free school meals now.

Feeling like you can't cope?

We know that it's scary when you don't know if you'll be able to buy food or pay your next bill. If you're feeling anxious, depressed, or like you've run out of options, please reach out for help.

The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys crisis service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They will listen without judging you, support you, and help you with what to do next. You can call them on 0800 0516 171, for free. Please don't suffer alone.