If you need assistance with getting food due to the coronavirus we can help.
Free school meals
For details of free school meals provision during this national lockdown visit our Free school meals page.
If you have any queries please contact Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8001.
Help with food and fuel for your family
In response to the challenges the pandemic is causing for many families, Solihull Council is extending its support to families during the winter period and early Spring.
Call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8001, for information and advice on how to access local community support, food or financial assistance. Solihull Connect can also refer and connect families to local food networks, as well as to the Council’s Discretionary Crisis Fund (DCF).
The DCF can provide financial and fuel assistance to any household experiencing severe financial hardship. This includes access to food, fuel top-ups and, if needed, essential white goods.
If you are self-isolating and your family can’t help you to get your food shopping, you may find that there are groups of volunteers on your road and in your neighbourhood that you can ask to help using Facebook and other social media.
The Council’s call centre can help connect you to local community and neighbourhood support or refer you to a local food bank - just call 0121 704 6000.
You can also call the Community Advice Hubs for Information, Advice and Support on 0121 709 7590.
Some food banks which usually only accept referrals are now allowing people to contact them direct because of COVID 19. To help them observe social distancing they would like people to phone or email rather than visit. Food banks can provide food directly in an emergency, although they cannot cater to personal taste.
The food banks that operate in Solihull are listed below:
- Helping Hands can deliver food from 9.00am to 5.00pm. To arrange a food delivery please call 0121 704 6000.
- Kingfisher Food Bank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. To find out about their voucher system and arrange a time to visit and collect a food parcel, please call 07902030134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a Social Supermarket in Solihull which supports members:
- Around Again Social Supermarket in Fordbridge is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Please call 0121 448 0720 and select option 3 to arrange a time to collect a food parcel. They also need donations - if you would like to donate see the ‘Volunteering Safely’ section.
If an older person is experiencing any issues accessing food and needs support please contact Age UK Solihull on 0121 704 7840 or email@example.com.
Our Supermarket toolkit has information about supermarkets that deliver food, different ways to place an order, supermarkets that offer food boxes, setting up an account plus help with payment and voucher options.