Worried about food?

Household Support Fund

The government has given local authorities some additional money to help local people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. The funding is intended to be used to support low-income households in need including, but not limited to, families with children of all ages, pensioners, unpaid carers, care leavers and disabled people. It is particularly focused on those who may not be eligible for other forms of government support at this time.

The funds can be used to meet immediate needs and help those who are struggling with energy and water bills, food and other wider essentials. The support can be made through the provision of vouchers, payments into bank accounts, direct cash for food or the provision of goods to households.

It is a grant that you do not have to pay back.

Please note that this cannot be used to cover council tax, pay mortgages or personal debts.

Find out more about the Household Support Fund

Additional resources

Bexley foodbank receives donations of non-perishable and in-date food. Care professionals, registered with the food bank, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, citizen’s advice bureau and police, identify people in crisis and issues them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days of emergency food.

Food Vouchers are available to help you buy fruit, vegetables and milk if you’re on a low income, pregnant or have a child under four years old.

Community Larder at St John The Evangelist Church, Sidcup, DA14 6BX

Our Community Larder is free to all - please drop in and take what you need. No voucher or other documentation is needed and bags are provided.

We are open:

  • Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm
  • Sunday from 9am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
  • Friday from 10.30am to 12pm (during term)

Further information is available on the St John The Evangelist Church Sidcup website.

Slade Green Foodbank is for everyone and no vouchers are required.

Staff and volunteers at Bostall Community Library in Bexleyheath and Belvedere Community Centre are working with local food businesses, supermarkets and allotment holders to collect quality food that would otherwise be wasted.

During opening hours, anyone can help themselves to items from the fridge for free.