We understand that the current situation may have put financial pressures on you and your household. If you are not self-isolating but need extra help accessing food and other support, then a number of services are available to you.
Accessing foodbanks and community food hubs
To access a foodbank you will need foodbank vouchers. You can get referrals to access these from Council officers, social workers, children’s centres, GP surgeries and advice charities.
There are four main foodbanks in Camden, three are operated by Trussel Trust:
Chalk Farm Foodbank
The fourth is a mobile foodbank that travels to different locations in the borough, you can refer yourself to this service here.
Since lockdown came into place a number of community emergency food distribution centres have also been set up. Many of these are available to anyone who needs them, regardless of whether or not you have foodbank vouchers. You can find details of local distribution centres on our online service directory.
With increased demand for foodbanks, donations from the public are more important than ever. If you are able to provide non-perishable groceries such as cereal, soups, pasta, tinned foods, UHT milk and more, please help by giving directly to your local foodbank or by leaving in your supermarket’s collection point. You can find out more about how to donate and what to donate here.
Access food support from schools
If your child is entitled to free school meals then you are eligible for additional food support. You can access this directly through your school’s website.
Support from the voluntary sector
There are a range of voluntary organisations across Camden who are doing their bit to support residents in need. You can find a list of voluntary organisations working in your area on our online directory.
They can help you access a wide range of services and practical including:
- Financial advice and support
- Mental health support
- Employment advice
- Mutual aid
Support for sheltered housing tenants
If you have a family member living in sheltered housing, please be assured that we are doing whatever we can to support them. All tenants in our 23 schemes have regular contact with their housing managers, either face to face or over the phone, and where a resident is in need of shielding this contact is daily.
Where residents are unable to access help themselves, housing managers have been collecting shopping and prescriptions, they have also helped individuals with top up gas and electric move over to online payments.
Where necessary, sheltered housing tenants have also been put in touch with voluntary sector partners including:
- Age UK Camden
- The Winch
- Highgate Newtown Community Centre
- Local TRAs