Extra support for people struggling for food

First published on: 28th March 2020

Are you finding it hard to access food? In light of COVID-19 Leeds City Council is putting additional support in place to ensure everyone is able to access the food they need.

St John's has joined up with Pudsey Community Project as a donation centre. At the moment the shortages are rice, pasta, tinned vegetables and beans, baby formula, long life fruit juices and women's sanitary products but all donations will be welcome. You can drop them off at the following times:

  • Monday 10 am - 12 noon
  • Thursday 10 am - 12 noon

Am I eligible for help?

If you are finding it difficult to access food due to financial constraints, self-isolation or accessibility of food provision, then you are eligible for help.

When making the referral you will be asked questions about your personal situation which will enable the Leeds City Council Local Welfare Support Team to determine what sort of support you require.

How can I access help?

If you think you may be eligible to help from the scheme then you can contact a local keyworker or service who will make a referral for you.

This might be somewhere or someone you already have contact with such as a school, college, social worker, housing officer or it could be a provision in your local area such as a Community Hub.

Ideally a referral should be made through one of these support services, however if you are finding it hard to access these please make a self-referral by calling 0113 376 0330. This is a free number.

What happens next?

Once a referral has been made, the welfare support team will pass your information on to local volunteer coordinators and you will be provided with a food parcel or supermarket voucher.

This will be either delivered to a provision hub near your home for you to collect, such as a community hub, school, foodbank or a charity, or delivered to your home directly.

We want everyone to feel supported and will work with you to see what route is best for you.

For more information and guidance please contact the Leeds City Council Local Welfare Support Team on 0113 376 0330.

There is a poster which can be downloaded and contains the same information.

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