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Support with food and essentials

Advice and guidance on eating on a budget, finding your local foodbank, money saving tips and cheap recipes.

Brentwood information

Other useful information

  • Essex ActivAte - free face to face clubs during the school holidays for children and young people who are eligible for benefits based free school meals, as well as those from low income working families who would benefit from this extra support
  • Essex County Council - processes free school meal applications for some Essex schools. If the school is not listed, you should contact the school directly
  • Essex County Council: Household support funding
  • Essential Living Fund - can help pay for furniture, clothing, fuel and daily living expenses such as food and toiletries
  • - cost of living
  • Healthy start vouchers - helping families cover the cost of healthy food for their kids, with each healthy start voucher is currently worth £4.25 a week, adding up to £221 over a year. If you have a child under one, you'll be eligible for two vouchers each week, so it's up to £442.
  • Olio app - connects neighbours and local retailers so surplus food can be shared
  • Salvation Army - offers emergency help to those in need
  • Too good to go app - enables cafes, restaurants and shops to sell uneaten meals at reduced rates