Help with food

If you are struggling to pay for food for yourself and your family, there are a number of options.

Foodbanks

A foodbank is for anyone in crisis, who does not have enough money to buy food for themselves or their family.

When you use a foodbank, you will be given enough food to feed yourself and your household for at least three days.

The food banks that operate in Solihull are listed below:

Helping Hands is an emergency food parcel service who can deliver food to those in crisis.

Food parcel delivery times are anytime between 9.00am to 5.00pm.

How to access: They run as a referral only food bank, please call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8001 for a referral.

  • Address: Auckland Hall, Smiths Wood B36 9JR
  • Open: Tuesdays and Fridays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

 

How to access: Vouchers can be obtained through school support workers and agencies e.g.:

  • Citizens Advice on 0808 2082 138
  • Birmingham Settlement on 0121 250 0765 or 0121 250 0777
  • Job Centre at Chelmsley Wood
  • Community Advice Hub in Chelmsley Wood Library

More sources of support with food

Social supermarkets provide an opportunity for residents to have more food choice than a food bank at a reduced cost. These include small membership fees or require a referral to use them so you will need to check directly with the individual provider.

Around Again Social Supermarket

  • Address: Junction, 100 Chapelhouse Road, Fordbridge, Solihull, B37 5HA
  • Open: Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Website: www.colebridge.org
  • Telephone: 0121 448 0720 
  • Email:enquiries@colebridge.org

How to access: Referrals should be made via support organisations such as schools, Solihull Council, Solihull Community Housing or Solihull Community Advice Hub (Please note that we can only accept referrals for North Solihull residents).

If an older person is experiencing any issues accessing food and needs support please contact Age UK Solihull on 0121 704 7840 or info@ageuksolihull.org.uk.

Free school meals

For details of free school meals provision visit our Free school meals page. 

Holiday vouchers for families with children in receipt of free school meals

Families with children in receipt of free school meals will receive a supermarket voucher for each child during the school holidays. This is being funded by the government’s Household Support Fund.

The scheme enables families to be able to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals a child would have received during a school day. The voucher provides a great choice to families as they can be used in:

  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • Asda
  • Morrison's
  • Iceland
  • The Company Shop Group
  • Waitrose
  • McColls
  • M&S

If you have already registered your child and they are entitled to free school meals in Solihull, you will automatically receive your voucher and therefore do not need to contact us.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)

Those families who are in receipt of benefit-related free school meals are also eligible to book school aged children, from Reception to Year 11, into HAF funded activities. Activities are free to access and include enjoyable activities and a healthy meal. They will run during Easter, summer, and Christmas school holidays. To find out more visit our HAF webpage.

Healthy start

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

Visit  www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ to find out more.

    “Too good to go” is an anti-food waste app that lets you rescue delicious, unsold and reduced cost food from businesses to save it from going to waste. Further information is available from Join Our Food Waste Movement.

    The BBC have a useful guide to apps to help you cut food waste and save cash with more food apps.

    Via the Household Support Fund, food vouchers are available from:

    • Discretionary Crisis Fund 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. Further information and online application form is available on the Discretionary Crisis Fund webpage.
    • Age UK Solihull Winter Warmth campaign. For further information please visit the Age UK Solihull website or telephone 0121 704 8080, which is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
    • Solihull Community Housing via the Emergency Hardship Fund. Further information is available at Financial Difficulties - Solihull Community Housing.