Free school meals
If you're eligible for free school meals due to low income, you can also get vouchers from your school for the Christmas break. Families can choose to use these supermarket vouchers for food and essentials like blankets, bedding and warm clothing.
Contact your school for more information
Check if you're eligible for free school meals
Food banks are community organisations that can help if you can’t afford the food you need. You’ll usually need to get a referral to a food bank before you can use it.
A good place to ask for a referral is your nearest Citizens Advice. Tell them you need the food bank – they'll probably make you an appointment to discuss your situation with an adviser.
Alternatively, you can ask for a referral from an organisation that’s already supporting you – for example, a charity, school or children’s centre.