Help with the cost  of food and essentials 

We've set up a page with details of local food banks and community pantries.

The following links may also be helpful:

Food vouchers

£15 food vouchers may be available through your local library. Please contact them to see if they have any available.

We have issued more than 4,500 food vouchers to residents through the Household Support Fund allocated by Hampshire County Council (HCC) and expect to issue more in early 2023.

Free school meals

You can apply for free school meals for your child through HCC.

Holiday activity and food schemes

During school holidays, you may be able to attend Healthy Food and Holiday Activities (HAF) organised through HCC. There are specific sessions during the Christmas holidays.

Connect to Support Hampshire

Connect to Support Hampshire has links to organisations that can help with a wide range of money-related issues including debt, emergency food and keeping your home warm. 

Help for households campaign

The help for households campaign has a list of  discounts and offers from supermarkets, clothing and shoe shops and utility companies  that you might find helpful.

Citizens advice

You can also contact Citizens advice for advice on 080 8278 7901 or by completing their online referral form.

£2 bus fare cap

The £2 fare cap on single tickets (and £4 for a return) has been extended until the end of October 2023. Then it will go up to £2.50 until 30 November 2024, when bus fares will be reviewed. Visit GOV.UK to find out which services are included in the cap.

Other help with transport costs

You could get: