More money in your pocket

If you're struggling to meet the cost of food, there's a range of support available. You might also be eligible for some vouchers to buy food, free school meals, and more.

Free school meals and holiday clubs

Free school meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals if they're in full-time education and you receive a certain benefit.

Holiday activities and food clubs

Children who receive free school meals as you/they receive a qualifying benefit are entitled to a free place at our Healthy Holidays clubs.

Our holiday activity and food clubs are about supporting families who might need extra help to access food and activities to keep their children healthy through the school holidays. The clubs run for a minimum of four hours per day, and every club provides each child with a delicious and nutritious meal.

Vouchers for food

Heathy Start vouchers if you're pregnant or have a child under four

If you’re pregnant or have a child under four you could be entitled to Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods at local shops. You could receive a voucher each week worth:

  • £4.25 during your pregnancy (from the 10th week of your pregnancy)
  • £8.50 for children from birth to one year old
  • £4.25 for children between one and four years old

You can receive the vouchers up until your child's fourth birthday, or until you no longer receive an eligible benefit.

The vouchers can be spent on:

  • plain cow’s milk – whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed. It can be pasteurised, sterilised, long life or UHT
  • fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables, including loose, pre-packed, whole, sliced, chopped or mixed fruit or vegetables, fruit in fruit juice, or fruit or vegetables in water (but not those to which fat, salt, sugar or flavouring have been added)
  • fresh, dried and tinned pulses, including but not limited to lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas (but not those to which fat, salt, sugar or flavouring have been added)
  • infant formula milk that says it can be used from birth and is based on cow’s milk

Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children. Your midwife or health visitor will be able to tell you where you can swap your coupon for vitamins in your area.

Vouchers for fruit and vegetables

The Rose Vouchers scheme helps families on low incomes to buy fresh fruit and vegetables and supports them to give their children the healthiest possible start.

A family can receive £3 of Rose Vouchers for each child, every week, or £6 if the child is under one year old. Vouchers are available from your local family centre.

Help with buying food

Community Shop

Community Shop provides its members with vital access to deeply discounted food, as well as life-changing learning and development programmes and a Community Kitchen serving low-cost healthy meals, with kids eating free every day!

With stores in Athersley and Goldthorpe, members save an average of £212 each month on their shopping bills. The stores offer a wide range of food and household products, including a ‘Plenty for 20p’ range which includes fresh fruit and vegetables and other essential items.

Membership is FREE and open to people who:

Storehouse and Field

Storehouse and Field is a community food hub in Shafton. The hub’s aim is to provide access to high quality food and ingredients for people who may be experiencing moderate food insecurity.

Members pay a £26 per month fee (£6 per week) and for this they get:

  • a weekly shopping basket full of food, which they pick themselves from a fantastic range of fresh, frozen and ambient stock
  • access to the hub cafe
  • access to recipes and other resources
  • advice and support with additional services
  • food and cooking events

Household Support Grant

We've been awarded £2.3m in funding to help people with their fuel and food costs.

In line with government guidance, this will be distributed to people who receive Pension Credit and families where a child/children receive benefits-related free school meals.

There's no need to apply for this grant - we'll send a letter to those who are eligible in July 2022. The letter will include a barcode which you should take to the Post Office with a form of ID to receive £150 in cash.

Crisis food support

Barnsley Foodbank

Barnsley Foodbank can provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis who are referred to them.

Local welfare assistance scheme

The local welfare assistance scheme helps people who are in financial crisis due to an emergency or other unexpected circumstances. The scheme can provide food from foodbanks and is a discretionary scheme for people with no alternative support or assistance available to meet their needs.

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