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Help with food

If you're struggling to pay for food, free independent advice and support about social welfare issues is available for all residents, covering benefits, debts and employment.

A range of support with food is also available; see information about:

Free school meals

You may be entitled to apply for free school meals for your children if you receive 1 of the qualifying income-related benefits.

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York food voucher scheme

If you're struggling to pay your food bills ask your Support Worker about food vouchers which are available as part of advice and support about social welfare issues they offer.

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York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS)

York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) provides emergency food help to local people.

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York Foodbank

York Foodbank work with us, and over 150 agencies (such as Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services, charities, community groups, statutory bodies, schools, the Police, and medical experts) who all can issue Foodbank vouchers.

Once you have a voucher, you can then exchange it at one of the Foodbank locations for a food parcel, specific to your needs.

Food parcels contain 3 days worth of essentials, typically including: breakfast cereals, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tinned beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tea or coffee, biscuits and snacks.

Each Foodbank has a cafe-style environment and is staffed by non-judgemental people who want to support people, and can offer practical advice and guidance.

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Community food banks

Community food banks are organised by local community groups and offer a variety of support.

Community food bank details Address Opening hours
The Collective Sharehouse Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW Tuesday and Friday, 9.15am to 11.00am, and Wednesday 5.00 to 6.00pm
I Am Reusable Aldborough Way, York, YO26 4UX Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Tang Hall Community Centre Fifth Avenue,York, YO31 OUG Wednesday, 11.00am to 12.30pm
Luke's Larder St Luke's Church Hall, Burton Stone Lane, Clifton, York, YO30 6DG Wednesday, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
York Travellers Trust 20 Falsgrave Crescent, Clifton, York, YO30 7AZ Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm*
Lidgett Methodist Church Wheatlands Grove, Acomb, York, YO26 5NH Tuesday and Friday, from 9.00am
Door 84, Youth and Community Centre Lowther Street, The Groves, York, YO31 7LX Friday, 11.00am to 1.00pm
Haxby Foodshare Project (email: or telephone: 07989193758) Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 3HT Wednesday, 11.00am to 1.30pm and Friday, 12.20pm to 2.00pm
BellFarm BCA/BSH Foodbank (telephone: 01904 655934 for emergencies) BellFarms Social Hall, Roche Avenue, York, YO31 9BB Weekdays, 12.00pm to 4.00pm and Saturday, 12.00pm to 4.00pm

*York Travellers Trust’s ‘Public Living Room’ is open from 10.30am until 2.30pm Monday to Wednesday where anyone can drop in for a free cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

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Also see

Benefits and Contributions Advisors

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552044