Help with food

Living costs are rising and food is one of our most essential expenses. If you can’t afford groceries, here are some ways to get help.

Hart Foodbank

Provides food parcels for people struggling to put food on the table. You must be referred by a local agency such as Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, social services and some local charities.

Hart Community Pantry

Our local Community Pantry at Yateley Industries in Mill Lane, Yateley, provides affordable food and basics. You register as a member and pay £5 per shop to receive at least £15 worth of fresh, frozen, and general foods, plus other basics. 

Darby Green Community Larder

A FareShare mobile larder at St Barnabas Church, Darby Green, every Thursday from 1pm to 2.30pm. Your bag will be prepared, in advance and a variety of products will be offered. You register as a member and pay between £2.50 and £5 (dependent on household size) for £10-15 worth of food. Email FSSouthernCentral@fareshare.org.uk for a membership form.

Fleet Phoenix

Offers food and hygiene parcels to those families most in need at the Point Youth Centre, Harlington Way, Fleet. They are non-judgmental in their support and offer parcels of store cupboard food to help keep the bills down.

If you need help or would like to make a professional referral, please email info@fleetphoenix.co.uk or call 01252 812308 for more information.

Supermarket discounts

To help with the cost of living, a number of supermarkets are offering discounts and deals (for example, Asda is offering a free hot or cold meal for £1 to children 16 or under in Asda cafes, at any time of the day, 7 days a week).

School meals

Eligible children at a state school in reception, year 1 or year 2 are entitled to free school meals. Some older children are also eligible for a free school meal.

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme

A Department for Education initiative that provides free activities and food for children aged from four to 16 during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays. All children in Hampshire who receive free school meals can take part in the sessions.