Food and shopping
Cost of living support
If you need support feeding yourself or your family and are struggling with the cost of living, the following services and organisations might be able to assist you.
As well as the food banks listed below, please also refer to our COVID-19 - Food Banks and Emergency Food Services - Caring For Plymouth page.
Remember - if you are struggling, you are not alone and there is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a little bit of extra support at some point in their lives.
Nobody should have to face going hungry. That's why Plymouth Foodbank can provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. Plymouth Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of food banks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Address Oasis Project, Manor Street, Plymouth, PL1 1TW
Plymouth Food Access Map
Any one of us can experience a crisis resulting in the need for food support at any time. The map shows multiple charities, community groups and organisations who are able to provide food support across Plymouth, and the surrounding areas. Use the 'Filters' option to find a specific group or enter the first part of your postcode to see what is available nearby. You may also wish to have a look at the Food Plymouth guide.
Plymouth Soup Kitchen
Plymouth Soup Kitchen provides food and hot drinks for the homeless and vulnerable every Sunday evening.
Address Shekinah, Bath Street, Plymouth, PL13LT
Plymouth Soup Run
Plymouth Soup Run delivers food and hot drinks to the homeless and vulnerable at the following stops 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Addresses Mayflower Street PL1 1QJ
The Hoe PL1 2PA
Martin Street PL1 3LU
King's Road PL1 5JD
In the wake of an incredible local response in Plymouth to food issues during the Coronavirus outbreak, Food Plymouth is continuing to facilitate the Plymouth Food Aid Network and are working with partners across the city to ensure even more support is in place as the cost of living crisis deepens.
Food Is Fun CIC
We can help with food budgeting, low cost recipes and ways to help save money on your food bills.
Visit our website to read more and join our Food Buddies South West Facebook group where people come together to share tips and recipes.
Tamar View Community Centre
We can help with food parcels, which contain non perishable foods and will support anyone that is in need.
The food hub is open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 12 noon, but you must call before arrival to arrange your collection.
Phone 01752 365904
Address Miers Close, St Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 1DJ
A number of new co-operative 'food clubs' have been set up in Plymouth to help reduce food waste and combat the rising cost of living. The clubs help residents to buy cheaper food in partnership with FareShare, which distributes food from across the food industry.
Manadon Food Co-op Club
Based at Manadon Sports Hub on Fridays from 9.30am to 12pm. It's £3.50 for 12 items of food and is open to all. Turn up on the day to sign up, or contact the Hub for more information.
Southway Food Co-op Club
Based at Southway Youth and Community Centre on Tuesdays, 9.30am to 11am. It's £3.50 for 12 items of food and there is currently a waitlist to join the club. Contact the Centre to be added to the waitlist.
Mayflower and St James the Less Fruit and Veg Co-op
Based at St James the Less Church in Ham Drive, it's £3 for a box of fruit and veg. There's a waitlist to join, contact the church for more information.
If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.
If you're eligible, you'll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. We'll add your benefit onto this card every 4 weeks.
Phone 0300 330 7010
Further help and support
- £1 meals and cheap recipe ideas
- £1 meal deal for OAPs from Asda
- Energy and money saving ideas from Transforming Plymouth Together
Find out what benefits and financial support you may be able to get
Use the government's online tool to find out what support you might be able to get to help with your living costs. You can get benefits and other financial support if you're eligible.
- Cost of living support
- Heating and energy support
- Food and shopping support
- Money and financial support
- Housing and homelessness support
- Mental health support
- Employment and training support
- Children, young people and families
- Help and support for carers
- Warm and welcoming spaces
- Crisis support
- Free internet and wi-fi access support
- Travel and transport
- Tips to help you save money
- Help from the government - view all of the cost of living support schemes that you could be eligible for and apply today
How to submit an organisation or community group to this website
If you are an organisation or community group and can help support people living in Plymouth, please complete our online form and we will add you to this directory.
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