Food and essentials

Food banks, community pantries and holiday clubs

If you can't afford to buy enough food, you may be able to get some short-term help from your local food bank. You will need a voucher to use a food bank. To find out where you can get a voucher, contact your local food bank or phone the Citizens Advice national phone service on 03444 111 444.

Community pantries provide groceries at a lower rate than shops and supermarkets. Access to the Community pantry is through membership. Members make a small weekly contribution and receive food with a higher value than the same items would cost elsewhere.

Find details of local food banks and community pantries on Connect to Support Hampshire.

There are a range of schemes funded through the connect4communities programme that aim to help people in Hampshire who are struggling with the cost of essentials. The kind of support on offer includes Holiday Activities and Food Clubs during school holidays, as well as community pantries.

Find out more by visiting the connect4communties website.

School meals

School meals offer children the chance to eat a hot, freshly cooked meal during term time.

In England, children at a state school in reception, year 1 or year 2 are entitled to free school meals regardless of your household income. Some older children are also eligible for a free school meal – you can check your eligibility online.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels supply hot food directly to the homes of elderly people, those with disabilities, and anyone unable to prepare food for themselves.

To find out if you or a loved one are eligible to use this service, visit the Meals on Wheels website.