If you’re facing hardship and can’t afford to buy the food you need this week, we’re here to help. There are three main ways to be referred to our Foodbank:
- Many local schools, GPs, children’s centres, mental health teams, housing associations can refer local people to Wandsworth Foodbank, so do ask someone that you’re in touch with if they can refer you to us.
- Contact Citizens Advice Wandsworth for free, confidential advice about your situation and about foodbank referral, by completing their online form or phoning their free Adviceline on 0808 278 7833.
- If you can’t get through to Citizens Advice Wandsworth, you can also contact the free national Citizens Advice/Trussell Trust helpline and talk confidentially to a trained Citizens Advice adviser on 0808 208 2138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm). They can refer people to the nearest food bank, including ours.
We also strongly recommend applying for emergency financial help from Wandsworth Council’s Discretionary Social Fund. If you’re a Wandsworth resident, you could get help with:
- food and pre-payment fuel through their crisis grants
- rent through their discretionary housing payments
- loss of pay because you have to self-isolate, through a Covid self isolation payment
- essential white goods and furniture (eg cookers, fridges, washing machines, beds) through their community care grants
These are all free grants, not loans, so you won’t have to pay them back.
You can also find out whether you are eligible for any benefits, or additional benefits, by using this online benefits checker.