Food

Help with food

Urgent care 

If you or someone you know have been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) Lambeth Council can help.  

You or someone you know could need help if you: 

• do not have your usual support from friends, family or carers 

• are having money problems 

• are ill with coronavirus and have no access to food or prescription medicine 

Call the Lambeth helpline number 020 7926 2999 (line open every day from 8am to 8pm)

Lambeth Larder

Lambeth Larder can help you find emergency food, advice and other support - they help connect local people to emergency food and providers of free/cheap/hot meals (e.g. soup kitchens, lunch clubs). They have a comprehensive list of food organisations in Lambeth.

Lambeth Mutual Aid

Lambeth Mutual Aid offer guidance on support available in the borough. Call 0800 009 6504, Tuesdays and Saturdays 9am-12, and Thursdays 2pm-5pm.

Outside of these times leave a message and they'll get back to you during the next shift.

Food banks

To access help from a food bank you will need to be given a voucher from your health visitor, social worker, GP or Citizens Advice Bureau.

Trussell Trust (find a foodbank) and Norwood and Brixton Foodbank

Healthy Start - food vouchers

Some families on certain benefits are entitled to the national Healthy Start vouchers to spend on a variety of foods. 

The vouchers are worth £3.10 per week for a child age 1-4 and £6.20 for a child under 1. 

Women on certain benefits who are more than 10 weeks pregnant also qualify.  

Check whether you can apply on their website. The Healthy Start application form has to be printed off and sent (freepost). Let us know if you need help printing the form. 

Co-op, Tesco and Iceland are currently offering an extra £1 per voucher. 

Alexandra Rose food vouchers

Alexandra Rose vouchers are available to Lambeth families to spend at selected fruit and vegetable stalls in Brixton market. 

These are aimed at low income families and those who have No Recourse to Public Funds. 

You can get these vouchers from your local children’s centre.

Find out more and make and request vouchers on Lambeth's website, or call 020 7926 2369


Ready Steady Go!

A free service to help you and your child take positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle. 

All programmes are fun, support you to try new things, help you make new friends and aim to get you and your family more active and healthier.


Supporting and donating

If you want to donate food and other supplies, please check the Lambeth Larder Directory to identify charities that may be accepting donations. 


Lambeth Mutual Aid want to help people to set up small, community run co-ops. 

Food co-ops are a great, cheap way of making sure everyone has access to the food they need.

They are places where people come together to get surplus food and buy basic food items in bulk. It’s a way of trying to make sure that no one is left out.

If you, your friends or local community groups are interested email lambethmutualaid@gmail.com

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