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Food support available in the borough.

Richmond Food Bank

Richmond Food Bank has four food distribution points in and near the borough and can provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food for people. This service is provided by the Trussell Trust, a nationwide network helping to combat poverty and food hunger across the UK. You need a food voucher to get provisions from the food bank. To obtain a voucher, view a list of referrers.

Locations and opening times:

  • Castelnau Community Centre, Barnes, SW13 9AQ (Fridays 9.15 to 11.15am)
  • YMCA White House, Hampton, TW12 3RN (Tuesdays 9.30am to 4pm)
  • The Vineyard, Richmond, TW10 6AQ (Mondays and Thursdays 12.30 to 4pm)
  • Whitton Community Centre, TW2 6JL (Fridays 9.30am to 12.30pm)

Website: Richmond Food Bank
Telephone: 020 8940 0274

Free school meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Telephone: 020 8547 5448 (Achieving for Children)

Reduce your food costs

Food waste costs the average London household £60 a month, so reducing your food waste is good for your pocket, not just the environment. And as most food waste is avoidable, most households can do this easily!

Find out more about how to reduce food waste.

Retail discounts and offers

Supermarkets including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are offering discounts and offers.

Find out more via Help for Households.

Food for Thought Heathfield

Food for Thought Heathfield offer surplus food from local retailers at a pop-up market stall on Heathfield Recreation Ground. Open to anyone and you can donate if you are able. Speak to a member of the team if you require additional support with ready-made meals or toiletries/hygiene products.

  • Opening times: Thursday from 2.30 to 4.30pm and Saturday 11.30am to 1.30pm
  • Location: Outside the Pavilion on Heathfield Recreation Ground, Powdermill Lane, TW2 6EG

​Website: Food for Thought Heathfield
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NHS Healthy Start Scheme

​If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four and are on a low income, you may be entitled to help to buy healthy food and milk from NHS Healthy Start.

The Real Junk Food Project

The Real Junk Food Project are a pay-as-you-feel surplus café focused on sustainability, community, and tackling food waste.

Locations and opening times:

  • Cambrian Community Centre, Richmond (Wednesdays 11.30am to 1.30pm)
  • ETNA Community Centre, East Twickenham (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11.30am to 1.30pm)
  • Noble Green Wines, Hampton Hill (Tuesdays 11am to 12 noon)
  • Linden Hall, Hampton (Mondays 2.30 to 4.30pm and Thursdays 11.30am to 1.30pm)

Website: The Real Junk Food Project

Hampton - Linden Hall Community Suppers

Linden Hall Community Centre is open on Tuesdays offering freshly cooked meals to eat in or to takeaway. They also offer frozen takeaway meals and some surplus food. Donations are welcome but are not necessary. Everyone is welcome.

  • Opening times: Tuesdays 3 to 5pm
  • Location: Linden Hall Community Centre, Linden Road, Hampton TW12 2JG

Updated: 19 December 2023

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