East Hampshire District Council has been allocated funding from Hampshire County Council, as part of the extended Household Support Fund to support households with food vouchers who are in receipt of council tax support and/or pension credit.

The food vouchers are a one-off voucher that can be used in community pantries or supermarkets to help with the rising cost of living, freeing up money for other bills. 

Vouchers are likely to go out week commencing 5 September.

To find a community pantry near you visit Hampshire County Council's connect4communites website.

You do not need to apply for the food vouchers as we will be writing directly to the following eligible recipients from the end of August. We are working with Wonde LTD to deliver this scheme.

What could I be entitled to?

You could be entitled to:

  • £30 per household in receipt of council tax support
  • £65 per pensioner in receipt of either guaranteed pension credit or savings pension credit

How will the vouchers be made available?

The vouchers will be made available in the following two ways:

1) Working age recipients will receive a letter with a QR code to claim the voucher online (an offline option can be made available in exceptional circumstances)

2) Pensionable age recipients will receive a letter with a physical voucher. The nearest supermarket has been pre-selected, prior to issue, based on postcode.

Any new qualifying recipients identified after the initial distribution of food vouchers will be sent to Wonde Ltd to issue vouchers until funding is exhausted or by 30 September, whichever comes sooner.

In receipt of pension credit but not council tax support?

There are a small number of residents who are in receipt of pension credit but are not in receipt of council tax support. These cases cannot be automatically identified so if you are in receipt of pension credit and not in receipt of council tax support please contact the council’s benefits team by e-mail benefits@easthants.gov.uk.

To help the team easily identify your enquiry, please add ‘food voucher’ in the subject of your e-mail. We will also need your full name, address and national insurance number.

If you do not have access to e-mail you can call customer services on 01730 234175.