This page highlights funds available, information on food banks, advice on accessing free school meals and healthy start vouchers, plus advice from Real Food Wythenshawe on how to cook up tasty healthier meals on a budget.
Household Support Fund
The Cambridgeshire Household Support Fund has been created to help people experiencing immediate financial hardship to pay for food and household energy bills. Help is available for pensioners and other people on eligible benefits who are struggling with food and energy costs.
Food hubs and foodbanks
If you are on a low income and have an unexpected crisis or an emergency that means you cannot afford food, we may be able to help by referring you to a foodbank. Some foodbanks require referrals, but other food hubs do not require a referral.
Ely Foodbank operates six centres in the East Cambridgeshire district, distributing emergency food parcels and other assistance.
Free school meals
Could your child be eligible for free school meals? Find out more or apply for free school meals on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £450 a year for each primary school child, if they are entitled to free school meals.
Secondary school children who are entitled to free school meals might also qualify for help with school transport costs. See get help with your child’s school costs, for more information.
Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)
If your child is eligible for free school meals you can also access free childcare with a healthy meal over the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays, subject to availability. Find out more on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme webpage.
Healthy Start food vouchers
Healthy Start provide regular vouchers to help buy fruit, vegetables and milk if you are on a low income, pregnant or have a child under four.
Cooking on a budget
Real Food Wythenshawe supports people who want to develop the skills and desire to cook inexpensive healthier meals from scratch. They also offer other money saving tips.