How do food banks work?
Each food bank differs in the services it offers and how you access them. You will usually need a food bank voucher from a professional or organisation working with the food bank. This might be a health or social care worker such as a GP or nurse, or a local charity.
Please check with the local food bank in your area who can refer people to them.
All food banks receive donations of non-perishable, in-date food from the public at various points, including schools, churches, businesses, and supermarket collection points.
This means you can receive a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced food from your local food bank.
Some food banks may be able to help with emergency pet food. If you need pet food as well, talk to your local food bank staff and see if they can help. You can also search for local pet food banks in your area or speak to your local Citizens Advice or animal charity for additional sources of help.
Depending on your situation, some food banks may be able to refer you to other local organisations for further help.
You can find more information about food banks on the Trussell Trust website.