Help with the cost of food
15th August 2022
Free School Meals
If you receive a qualifying benefit and you have a child in primary or secondary school, you may be able to get free school meals, school clothing grants or school journey grants for your child.
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food, milk and vitamins to promote good health.
If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops.
Free meals are available throughout the school holidays for any child that needs one.
Available at libraries and adventure play centres, there is no need sign up – just turn up and tuck in.
Low-cost fruit and vegetables
Low-cost fruit and vegetable stalls within some local children’s centres may be helpful for families struggling with affording nutritious ingredients. Check with your local centre to see if this is available.
Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA) runs several five-week Cookery Clubs each year throughout the borough in community venues and online that are open to all.
All the ingredients and equipment are included, and participants who attend at least 4 of the 5 weeks will receive a recipe book to help them continue their journey at home.
Residents can get access to free monthly community meals rotating around the borough at different community centres. The next time this will take place is in September 2022
Food banks through Live Well
If you are worried about not being able to afford food or utility bills and would like advice on the help available to you, you can contact Live Well Greenwich for free on 0800 470 4831.
Live Well can refer you to food banks if you need food bank vouchers, and gives you information on a wide range of issues that impact your health and wellbeing, including debt and finance, work and training, housing and social isolation.
Call for free on 0800 470 4831.
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