Food support for individuals

FareShare does not deliver food to individuals, but there are many organisations who do. If you are an individual in need for food, please get in touch with any of the following organisations who may be able to offer you support.

Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust operate the largest network of foodbanks across the UK. You can search for your nearest food bank via their interactive map.

Note: some Trussell Trust foodbanks have closed in response to COVID-19. Contact your nearest Trussell Trust center for details.

Independent Food Aid Network

IFAN are the UK network for independent food aid providers. They support and connect a range of independent frontline food aid organisations while advocating on their behalf at a national level.

They have mapped 834 independent foodbanks. Please visit their website for more information.

End Child Food Poverty

The End Child Food Poverty website, spearheaded by Marcus Rashford’s End Child Food Poverty Taskforce, has a map which lists emergency food support in comunities across the UK. Find a project local to you by visiting: www.endchildfoodpoverty.org/help.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. You can find out what is happening in your area at: www.covidmutualaid.org.

The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has set up a free coronavirus support line for people who are feeling lonely or worried, or finding it hard to cope during these uncertain times. Red Cross volunteers from the psychosocial and mental health team are on-hand to provide both practical and emotional support, and connect people with additional support in their local area.

The support line telephone number is 0808 196 3651 and it’s open daily from 10am to 6pm. The service is free, and completely confidential. You can find more information on the British Red Cross website.

Feeding Britain

Feeding Britain are running a network of emergency food programmes across the UK to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the communities in which we operate, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. You can find out more via their website.

Olio Food Sharing App

OLIO is a free app allowing neighbours to offer perfectly good, unwanted food to each other. Everything shared on OLIO is for free. They have also developed safe sharing ‘no-contact pickups’ in response to COVID-19.

Visit their website for more information and to download the app.

My Food Bank Finder

The Food Bank Finder site was launched to support Food Banks and their users through the use of tools available on both a mobile and Web App. They have launched a quick Food Bank Finder to help people locate foodbanks urgently during COVID-19.

Sustainable Food Places

Sustainable Food Places are supporting local convening and responses to the food emergency created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their website shares examples of local food partnerships on the ground as well as sharing Government advice. For more information please visit their website.

NHS Volunteer Responder Service

If you are currently not supported and need some help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat then NHS Volunteer Responders can help you. The service is for people who are shielding, are over 70 or pregnant with a medical condition, have a long term health condition – or if for people who consider themselves to be socially or medically vulnerable for any other reason.

Mental Health

NHS Mental Health Help – Every Mind Matters www.nhs.uk/oneyou/
Mind, for Better Mental Health www.mind.org.uk
Online Mental Health Support www.turn2me.org
Mental Health Help & Support Services www.time-to-change.org
The Samaritans www.samaritans.org
Sane – Mental Health Helpline www.sane.org.uk
Depression & Suicide Helpline www.supportline.org.uk
Depression UK www.depressionuk.org

Money & Debt

Money Advice Service www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Debt and Money – Citizen’s Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Step Change Debit Charity www.stepchange.org
Free Debt Advice www.nationaldebtline.org
Money & Debt Advice www.advice.org.uk
Money & Debt Advice Scotland – www.scotlandsfinancialhealthservice.gov.uk
Money Talk Team, Parents & Families – www.parentclub.scot/articles/who-are-money-talk-team


Housing Advice Centre www.homeless.org.uk
Housing Advice www.england.shelter.org.uk
National Homelessness Advice Service www.nhas.org
Housing Ombudsman www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk
Housing Advice Northern Ireland www.housingadviceni.org
Housing Advice Scotland scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

The Association of Charitable Organisations

The ACO represents around 120 charities that all provide grants to individuals in need of support. During the rest of this year they are running a campaign called Here to Help to raise awareness amongst key referral agencies and members of the public of the support that could be available to them from grant-giving charities. As a part of this campaign they have also developed a short leaflet for individuals about the financial help that is available from charities and how to find support, and a poster for referral agencies to remind them of the help that could be available to individuals that approach them in financial distress.

Here to Help Individuals Leaflet
Here to Help Campaign Poster