Help with Food Costs

Food Banks

If you’re struggling to put food on the table, there are two local food banks in:

In order to get help from a food bank you will need to be referred with a voucher, which can be issued by a number of local community organisations (for instance schools, GPs and advice agencies). Your local food bank can advise which agencies can help.

Mid Surrey Community Fridges

This volunteer-led service aims to stop food wastage and to redistribute the excess food from supermarkets and restaurants to residents in need. There are collection points throughout the week, all over Mole Valley.

Free school meals

Check to see if your child can get free school meals on GOV.UK.

Healthy Start

The Healthy Start scheme can help you buy food and milk if you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four.

Apps offering free or reduced food

The Too good to go app allows you to purchase unsold food at a discounted rate from restaurants and cafes.

The Olio app connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.

Making savings on your weekly shop

This article has some top tips on cutting the cost of your food bill.

Household Support Fund

Funding has been allocated via the Department of Work and Pensions to help those families struggling financially in Surrey.

We work with various charities and community organisations to distribute the funds because those organisations work with residents in the areas that the fund was set up for. We work with:

Mole Valley District Council does not have a direct application process for the Household Support Fund – please do approach the organisations above if you need support with food, fuel and wider essentials to take advantage of this fund.

Individuals can also make applications to Surrey Crisis Fund who can help those struggling with cost of living.