Food support

Food support

Here's some useful information about the help available for food support.

For details of the government’s Help for Households campaign, which includes financial support for food schemes, please click here.

The childcare costs section also covers details of financial support for food and other child costs.

Free school meals

Your child may be eligible for free school meals. You can check this here

Healthy Start

If you are 10 or more weeks pregnant, have a child under four, and receive qualifying benefits, you can get help to buy food and milk through the NHS Healthy Start programme. Click here to find out more.

The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS)

The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS) helps those experiencing financial hardship in Suffolk. There are many reasons why you may be in hardship and if you are eligible, LWAS can provide financial help guidance and advice. The scheme is not intended as emergency aid; only one application can be made per household.

Successful applications will receive a BACS payment directly into a bank account or a Post Office cash-out voucher.

You can apply online here.


Foodbanks are available across East Anglia. To access these, you will need to work with a local agency to get a referral for a food voucher.

Each foodbank works with different agencies. These include Citizens Advice, children’s centres, health visitors and support workers.

Below are details of foodbanks in the local area. If you need further advice on how to get a referral, please contact the foodbank directly

The Trussell Trust, Thetford and Haverhill

The Stowmarket and area foodbank

Reach, Haverhill

Gatehouse, Bury St Edmunds

Storehouse foodbank, Sudbury

Vineyard food parcels, Bury St Edmunds

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