Read or download our Cost of Living Support - Food factsheet. Including organisations which can help with advice on foodbanks, free school meals and budget recipes and advice.

This Cost of Living Support - Food factsheet [111KB] is also available as a pdf which you can print or download.

The Help for Households website from the UK government has details of help available for cost of living support.

West Sussex County Council Cost of Living website lists help, advice, and practical support for anyone who needs it.
West Sussex Citizens Advice are available to provide free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice to everyone.
Freephone Adviceline on 0808 278 7969.
Help for Households find out what offers are available from supermarkets to help with the cost of living.


The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open foodbanks nationwide to support people experiencing crisis in the UK.

How to get emergency food vouchers from Trussell Trust.

For more information about food banks in your local area, contact your local library.

Free School Meals

Find out if your child is eligible for free school meals in West Sussex and information on how to apply.

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help from Healthy Start to buy healthy food and milk.

If eligible the Healthy Start card can be used to buy:

plain liquid cow’s milk

fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables

fresh, dried, and tinned pulses

infant formula milk based on cow’s milk

You can also use your card to collect:

Healthy Start vitamins – these support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Vitamin drops for babies and young children - suitable from birth to 4 years old

If you can’t afford groceries, here are some ways from Money Helper to get free ingredients and free meals.
Tips from Money Saving Expert on how to get free (or cheap) food.

UKHarvest is a not-for-profit perishable food rescue operation and education charity. As well as running pop-up pantries in some areas of West Sussex they have ‘Love Your Leftovers’ recipes, tips to prevent food waste, and free online cook-alongs.
Budget meal plans, energy saving tips and store cupboard recipes from BBC Budget Recipes and Advice. 

More Information

Please contact your local library for more details on support available. Libraries can also signpost to organisations offering targeted support in local areas.

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