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Cambridge City Council

Food help

Household Support Fund

The Cambridgeshire Household Support Fund has been created to help people experiencing immediate financial hardship to pay for food and household energy bills. 

Free school meals

Could your child be eligible for free school meals? Find out more or apply for free school meals on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £450 a year for each primary school child, if they are entitled to free school meals.

Secondary school children who are entitled to free school meals might also qualify for help with school transport costs. See get help with your child’s school costs, for more information.

Free holiday lunches

We provide free lunches and activities for families with nursery or school-aged children in the school holidays, at various locations around Cambridge. See free holiday lunches for full details. 

Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)

If your child is eligible for free school meals you can also access free childcare with a healthy meal over the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays, subject to availability. Find out more on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme webpage.

Healthy Start food vouchers

Regular vouchers can be provided by Healthy Start to help buy fruit, vegetables and milk if you’re on a low income, pregnant or have a child under four.

Food hubs and foodbanks

If you are on a low income and have an unexpected crisis or an emergency that means you cannot afford food, we may be able to help by referring you to a foodbank. Some foodbanks require referrals, but other food hubs do not require a referral.

View the local foodbanks on the Cambridge City foodbank website.

Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme

Cambridgeshire’s Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) supports people facing unexpected financial difficulties. CLAS can provide information, advice and practical support and assistance in times of exceptional pressure.

Following an assessment, you may be eligible for a CLAS award. The awards can be in the form of supermarket vouchers, energy vouchers, new white goods, decorating packs, beds, mattresses, recycled white goods and furniture. You can self-refer, contact CLAS directly.

Cambridge Sustainable Food

The council supports Cambridge Sustainable Food, which coordinates emergency food provision in Cambridge in partnership with Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance. The Alliance represents over 25 organisations working on poverty alleviation in the city.

Cambridge Sustainable Food also advises on how to limit food waste at home.

Kids eat for free or less during summer 2022

You may have seen images shared on social media listing supermarkets, pub chains and other eateries across the country which are offering meal deals so youngsters can eat for free or at discounted rates over the summer.

Search online for “kids eat for free or less during summer 2022” to find the most up to date news about the latest offers

Cooking on a budget

Real Food Wythenshawe supports people who want to develop the skills and desire to cook inexpensive healthier meals from scratch. They also offer other money saving tips.

Supermarket vouchers for children who are eligible for Free School Meals

Cambridgeshire County Council is sending each eligible child two supermarket vouchers valued at £37.50 each to cover the summer holiday period.

The first of these has already been distributed and the second will be sent by 12 August to children who meet the eligibility criteria. Any children who become eligible up until 2 September 2022 will also receive a voucher. This will be sent as and when we are notified of this change in circumstance.

Find out more about the scheme on Cambridgeshire County Council's website.


OLIO is an app that lists not needed food/non-food in Cambridge that would otherwise have been wasted. You can request food/non-food items via the OLIO app.