How can I get help from a Foodbank?

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If you think that you may need the support of a Foodbank, we've put together some useful information to support you.

Going to a Foodbank for the first time may feel daunting, but volunteers and staff are ready to offer a warm welcome and a listening ear. They're there to help people like you overcome the difficulties you're experiencing. Some volunteers may even have used the Foodbank in the past and are there to help others in the same situation.

Foodbank volunteers are specially trained to understand the situation you're in and provide you with information about extra support if you need it, such as debt or housing advice.

Foodbanks aren't for people like me - are they?

Foodbanks are there to help anyone experiencing a crisis, at any age and for many different reasons. Take a look at our Foodbank myth vs. reality pages for more information about who may need support from a Foodbank and why.

How can I get support from a local foodbank?

1. Get a referral 

Many foodbanks require a 'referral' (a voucher that shows you need help from a Foodbank). You can get one by asking your doctor, your child’s school or through Citizens Advice. If you have financial or housing difficulties, Citizens Advice can help with that too.

Find your local Citizen's Advice Bureau here.

2. Find your local foodbank 

Your referrer may be able to give you information about where to find a foodbank or you can find your local foodbanks using the links below: 

Find a Trussell Trust foodbank. 

Find a Salvation Army foodbank.

Find an independent foodbank.

3. Visit your local foodbank

Foodbanks don't just do food. Many offer specialist advice with housing or debt or they can point you in the direction of other people who can help. A volunteer from the Foodbank will be able to talk you through the options available to you so that you can get the support you need.