Get urgent help
Any family in need of urgent food supplies should contact our Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.
About food support for families
We want to make sure no child or adult in Somerset goes hungry. Our aim is to meet the immediate need for food and work with families to address their needs. This is because, if a child is hungry there are usually other issues we would want to help with – for example, financial, housing, mental health and wellbeing, employment and skills.
Throughout the pandemic our Coronavirus Helpline has been providing information, advice and support to families. It uses the same community approach as Adults Services. And it has now extended the Village Agent offer to families so that they can get support to stay as independent as possible. This has helped many families in Somerset to become more resilient. Part of this has been to ensure families have access to nutritious meals, and this remains a focus of our work.
We are working with Foodbanks, FareShare, HIS Church, Village Agents and many voluntary and community groups across Somerset to provide food items and frozen meals for immediate use. We are also supporting the development of new community pantries and larders to help communities have longer term sustainable solutions in place.
During the January 2021 lockdown, we have allocated a further £427,000 of funding to help schools provide families with food support during this lockdown. This money will be used to help enhance the level of food provided and meet dietary requirements. This helps schools to support a wider range of children.
Ahead of the February half term, all schools in Somerset have also been provided with funding from the Winter Covid Grant scheme for every child who receives Free School Meals.
Support available to help families in need access food
We have food available for any family in need. Any family in need of urgent food supplies should contact our Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.
Families who phone the Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275 will also be supported by Village Agents. They have access to food donated by the community, frozen meals we have bought and some funds to give emergency support if needed. Village Agents can also help families access online shopping slots if they are finding it difficult to get to the shops
Taunton Coronavirus Community Help
The Taunton Coronavirus Community Help Group’s Facebook page provides more information and support – available in Taunton and the wider Somerset area.
End Child Food Poverty
The End Child Food Poverty website provides meal support to families. You can use a map to find emergency food support available near you. It also gives opportunities for businesses and groups to offer free food.
How to offer support and donations
If you would like to make a financial donation please contact the Community Council for Somerset who will ensure that the money is used on direct food support for families. The money will be used to buy fresh local produce.
If you can’t find the help you need on this webpage, please phone the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275