Other support and resources for HAF
We have collected information to support children and their families over the school holiday period.
Free and low cost food
There are seven Trussell Trust Food banks in the county, with some now offering home delivery options and operating an electronic referral system.
If you feel you are struggling to put food on the table, agencies can work with and support you by issuing you with a foodbank voucher which is the most important step to getting access to the food bank. You can call free on the national helpline number 0808 2082138 or the local free helpline number 0808 800 0511 to speak to a trained and independent Citizen’s Advice agent.
Agencies that can issue food bank vouchers will include:
- Citizens Advice
- housing support officers
- children’s centres
- health visitors
- social services
- some local charities
- Main Centre: Cheltenham Elim Church, 115- 117 St George’s Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3ED - open Wednesdays 11am - 3pm
- St Paul’s Distribution Centre: St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4EZ - open Fridays 11am - 3pm
Salvation Army Church
- Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG - open Mondays 11am - 3pm
- The Pavillion, Hatherley Lane, GL51 6PN - open Fridays 10am-12pm
- Speak to Cheltenham Citizen Advice on 01452 327202, a referral agency partner of Cheltenham foodbank about getting a foodbank voucher.
- 107 Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NF | Phone: 01452 309683
- This service is currently offering a delivery only service providing 7 day emergency food parcels (providing 21 meals per person) rather than the normal 3 day’s parcels. Speak to GL Communities on 01452 5055444 will be able to issue a food bank voucher to you or contact Gloucester City Council Customer Services on 01452 396396 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newland Street, Coleford GL16 8AN | Phone: 07775 265263
To access a food parcel from the Forest Food Bank you will need to be referred by an approved agency. This could be either your child(s) school or your local church. Referrals are easy and confidential. Some of the other referring agencies may require you to be registered with them to access a referral to the Food Bank. To find out which agencies who can refer you to The Forest Food Bank head to the website. If you live in Newent you will need to contact The Lord’s Larder on 07944 590520 and for NP postcodes (i.e. Chepstow, Sedbury, Beachley, Tutshilll and Tidenham) you will need to contact the Chepstow Foodbank: 07931 911869.
If you require help with your gas or electricity please tell the agency so that they can inform the Forest Foodbank. There are also independent food banks which you can find
out about at: https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/independent-foodbanks-map
- Address: 76 Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RX | Phone: 01684 296824
This service uses an e–referral voucher – which means that anyone can contact one of the agencies to receive a referral code. Identification will be needed to collect a parcel from the centre.
- Unit 2A, Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud GL5 2QQ | Phone: 01453 367077
You will need to be given a Foodbank Voucher by a referring agency in order to access this support. Your child’s school or your doctor’s surgery will be able to help with this. Alternatively P3 Charity or Citizen’s Advice can refer.
- Unit 2, Glebe Farm Buildings, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 1JB | Phone: 07879 375562
You will need to be given a Foodbank Voucher by a referring agency in order to access this support. Your child’s school or your doctor’s surgery will be able to help with this. Alternatively P3 Charity or Citizen’s Advice can refer. Call or email the foodbank – they can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant agency.
- Cirencester Ashcroft Church, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester Gl7 1RA | Phone: 07762 168297
You will need a Foodbank Voucher to access this support. By contacting the telephone number above the Foodbank can help you find local agencies to provide this to you.
The pantry project is an alternative to the standard food parcels. Members can choose from fresh meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables, to the value of approximately £15, for £3.50 a week. By visiting the Pantry each week, CCP support workers can work with clients and signpost them to other services that can provide debt, housing, mental health and family support.
The Pantry is open Wednesdays to Fridays. To apply for the Pantry Project complete the application form.