COVID-19: get help with food

COVID-19: get help with food

How to get help with getting food if you’re shielding, self-isolating or vulnerable or if you can’t afford food, how to get meals for frontline teams.

Help with food if you’re self-isolating or vulnerable

Call us on 0800 694 0184 if you need help to get food because you're:

We’ll try to find a volunteer to help you.

If you aren’t able to cook for yourself, Bristol Community Meals can bring you prepared meals, including if you have special dietary requirements. They’ll also carry out a wellbeing check when they bring your meals. You’ll need to pay for this service, details of costs are in the Bristol Community Meals brochure.

To sign up to Bristol Community Meals:

Help if you can’t afford to buy food

Call us on 0800 694 0184 to find out:

  • if you can be referred to a food bank, for short-term support in a financial crisis 
  • if you can be referred a FOOD club, for help feeding your family
  • information about community or voluntary organisations that can provide food

If you’re on certain benefits and have a child under 4 or are at least 10 weeks pregnant, you may also be able to get help from Healthy Start.

If your child is usually eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), speak to their school to see if they’re offering free school meal vouchers or other support such as food parcels. If your child wasn’t eligible for FSM before the schools closed but you think they might be now, contact their school.

Help for frontline teams

Bristol Food Union can provide low-cost meals for frontline teams, such as NHS teams, social care workers, care homes and community groups. Fill in their online form to ask for this service for your team.