How can I get help from a Foodbank?

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Find out about how to get support from a foodbank.

Going to a foodbank for the first time may feel daunting, but volunteers and staff are ready to offer a listening ear. They're there to help. Some volunteers may even have used the foodbank in the past themselves so they know what you're going through.

The volunteers are specially trained to provide you with information about extra support if you need it, such as debt or housing advice.

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.

But 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.