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Food Poverty

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak some foodbanks are operating differently. Currently Norwich foodbanks have closed but you can call 0300 365 1123 and they will try and help. *Click Here* to find out more. All other Norfolk foodbanks are still open as usual. 

*Click Here* for information from the government on free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak.

*Click Here* for information and support from Norfolk Assistance Scheme around money and food. For emergency requests please call 01603 223392 (option 5).

Anyone can find themselves and their family in need of help for lots of different reasons. If you are struggling to feed your family, you can get help from a local foodbank, or use a community fridge. 

Most food banks will provide three days’ emergency food and support to those in need. To use some foodbanks you will need a voucher from a local support agency. Once you have a voucher, it can be taken to a nearby foodbank to be swapped for a food parcel.

You can contact other foodbanks or some food charities yourselves for support. Have a look at their website to check if a voucher is needed. 

  • Foodbanks work with a wide range of professionals such as; doctors, health visitors, social workers, Norfolk Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS), Citizen's Advice and the police. These services can help people who do not have the food they need by providing a foodbank voucher.

    If you are struggling and need some help from a foodbank, you can ask any of these services for a voucher. 

  • When you take a voucher to the local foodbank, it will be used to get a food parcel.

    Volunteers who run the foodbanks will make the parcel for you while you wait. They will make your parcel bigger according to the number of adults and children written on your voucher. They try and give you foods that are age appropriate. Some food banks are also able to offer baby foods and toiletries. 

    Foodbanks tell you about other services who may able to support you if not having enough food is likely to keep being a worry for you.

    Have a look at the map below to find a foodbank near you.

  • A food parcel will contain at least three days of nutritionally balanced food. This could include:

    • breakfast cereal
    • soup
    • pasta
    • rice
    • pasta sauce
    • baked beans
    • tinned meat
    • tinned vegetables
    • instant mash
    • Milk
    • tea
    • coffee
    • sugar
    • biscuits 

    Foodbanks will try and change your parcel to suit allergies or dietary needs including; people with diabetes, vegetarians and those who are gluten free.

    If you do not have cooking facilities let the food bank know and they will give you foods that don’t need to be cooked.

    Some foodbanks can also add nappies or baby food to the parcel if needed. Speak to the foodbank volunteers when you arrive to see if they can help with this. 

     

  • School holidays can be a worry when money is tight. Talk to the Foodbank voucher providing services if this is something you struggle with. They may provide you with a voucher. Your children might be eligible for Food and Fun in the School Holidays (FISH)

    FISH is a service run by some foodbanks. It is for all children who get free school meals during term time. The scheme feeds and entertains children for free during school holidays.

    For more information you can Email:

    fish@norwich.foodbank.org.uk or *Click Here*

    fish@kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk or *Click Here*

     

     

  • Community Fridges 

    Community fridges are places in the local community that spare or leftover food can be shared. There are 12 community fridges across Norfolk, with more planned. 

    You can visit the community fridge to see what food is on offer and take anything you need for free.

    Have a look at the map below to find a community fridge near you or *Click Here* for more information.

  • What is Healthy Start?

    Healthy Start is a national scheme to improve health. You could qualify if you're on low income or benefits and are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under the age of four. You also qualify if you're pregnant and aged under 18.

    Your midwife, health visitor or other health professional can support you to sign up. You will be sent vouchers for cow’s milk, fresh/frozen fruit and vegetables and first infant formula milk. These can be used in local shops or supermarkets. You will also receive vouchers to exchange in pharmacies for:

    • Women’s vitamins (contain Vitamin C, D and Folic Acid) - available from week 10 of pregnancy up to baby’s first birthday
    • Children’s Vitamins (contain Vitamin A, C and D) – from ages 6 months to 4 years

    For families who are not eligible for the scheme, all Norfolk Lloyds Pharmacies sell Healthy Start vitamins at a cheaper price than branded vitamins.

    For more information on the scheme and a list of shops accepting vouchers *Click Here*   

  • All children in Year Reception, 1 and 2 will receive free school meals. 

    From Year 3, children whose parents or carers get one or more of the following may also be able claim free school meals;

    • Universal Credit (provided the family has an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) and an annual income of no more than £16,190
    • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for four weeks after a claimant stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit

    You can find out more about how to apply for free school meals *here* or ask your child’s school for help.

     

  • OLIO is a free app that lets you search your area for spare food.

    *Click Here* for more information or search the app library for OLIO. 

     

     

Food Bank and Community Fridge Map

 

Who Can Help?


For more information or support you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

            

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