The Food Larder is a community larder run by volunteers for the benefit of their local community. It is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by reducing food shopping bills.
A bag will be prepared in advance, and the Food Larder aims to offer a variety of products which can top up cupboards and fridges. It is estimated that the “bag” will hold an average of £10-£15 worth of products (dependent on household size), and can include some of these items: pasta, rice, coffee, tea bags, tinned meats, tinned fish, tinned desserts, soups, as well as fresh food.
The cost depends on the size of your household:
The Food Larder van is in regular locations, at the same day and time each week, see below for details, and you can turn up and join. You will need to fill in an application form and bring proof of your ID.
If you need help from our foodbank there are a few simple steps to follow.
If you need help during these difficult times, please get in touch with one of our agencies to get a referral to your local foodbank.
Reducing waste and supporting people in our community
The food is for members of our community who will most benefit. You do not need to be in receipt of a voucher to use our fridge, but we ask that you only take what you need and make sure you leave food for others.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) can help you for a short period if you need extra help with paying your rent.
We must be satisfied that you are in need of extra financial help.
Cost of Living Payment
Guidance on getting an extra payment to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits.
Household Support Fund
NFDC have received limited funding that can be used to provide short-term support to vulnerable households, experiencing exceptional financial hardship with essential household costs, such as rent arrears or one-off items.
The fund cannot be used to pay debts, mortgage payments, ongoing rent payments, or pay for food costs or standard energy bills. Further support is available from Connect4Communities.
Household Support Fund energy support is now available.
People who are experiencing hardship paying their energy bills can contact Citizens Advice New Forest on 0808 278 7860 ( 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday) or contact them using the Citizens Advice New Forest website.
The fund is targeted at a third households with pensioners, a third households with children and a third other (single people of all ages, families or pensioners). The support is to the value of £147 and it will pay for both types of meter, and other energy costs, for example gas and oil, and payment will go onto your account.
You will need to provide: