With rising living costs, especially fuel and accommodation, food is often the part of the budget that gets cut. Many people, both in and out of work, are finding it increasingly difficult to stretch the pounds to pay for decent, nutritious food and are resorting to cheaper, poor quality food that fills us, but doesn’t provide the nutrients we need. The impact of Universal Credit is making this worse for many, forcing people to make difficult decisions about how to spend their money.
We think this situation is an outrage; no one should be going hungry in 2018 in a wealthy country like the UK. At Good Food in Greenwich we are working to deliver an action plan to tackle food poverty, but many of these changes will take time. In the meantime, make sure you are getting everything you’re entitled to – have a look at our information sheet to find out what support is out there. If you’re struggling to feed yourself or your family, or you know someone who is, there are some options out there. We’ve created a list of lunch clubs that provide a hot meal either free or at a low cost. They are all on the map below – just click on one to find out more. This is followed by some other information to help you get what you need.
Healthy Start Vouchers
This scheme entitles pregnant women, infants and young children in low-income families to free fruit, veg and milk. Pregnant women and those with children under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week and children under one year old can get £6.20 per week. You’ll need to fill in an application form, but it’s really easy and they’re available from your local Children’s Centre or a member of your local midwifery or health visiting team. Alternatively, you can download a copy from the website or contact 0345 607 682. You can also use your Healthy Start vouchers at Woolwich Market fruit and veg stalls.
Fruit and Veg Stalls
There are 7 fruit and veg stalls across the borough where you can purchase great quality, affordable fruit and veg – at wholesale prices!
These stalls also accept Healthy Start vouchers
These stalls are run on Tuesdays at the following locations:
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to ALL children in reception and years 1 & 2. School meals are cooked in line with nutritional guidelines, so you know your child will be getting a wholesome, healthy and nutritious meal at lunchtime. After year 2, your child may still be eligible to free school meals if you are in receipt of any benefits. For more information visit the Council website
Cooking from scratch can help save money on a food budget. You can cook in bulk and freeze for another day
and this helps reduce costs of electricity and food! If you’re not confident in the kitchen, or feel that you’d like to brush up on your skills, or just learn some new ones, GCDA run free 5-week cookery clubs throughout the borough all year round. They are completely free and offer an opportunity to come together with others to learn about and how to make healthy, delicious food. All ingredients are provided and at the end of it you receive a free recipe book. For more information and the latest list of clubs, visit our Cookery Club page
And if you want more help shopping well to save money then download our tips here
If you are struggling to get food due to a crisis, you can get a referral to the foodbank and pick up food from there. For more information about accessing food banks and to find out how to get referred, visit their website
Help with Fuel Costs
Paying for heating your house, or even putting the oven on to cook some dinner can be a real challenge with rising costs and ridiculous rates. But don’t despair – help is out there with South East London Community Energy (SELCE). They are helping people who are currently struggling to keep their homes warm in winter by providing advice and support through our pop-up energy advice cafes.
Live Well Line – someone to talk to!
But, if you just want to pick up the phone and talk to someone, you can do that too! Call the Live Well Line on 0800 4704831 to chat to someone about any of these things that are worrying you and they will be able to help