If you are experiencing problems around food poverty, or want to help someone else who is, the best place to start is with your local advice centre. They can point you in the right direction, or make referrals to other organisations offering practical support.
North Bristol Advice Centre
covering North Bristol and South Gloucestershire
South Bristol Advice Centre
covering postcode areas BS3, BS4, BS13, BS14 and some parts of BS1
St Pauls Advice Centre
Citizens Advice Bristol
main office in central Bristol, but advice also available at East Trees Health Centre, Brooklea Health Centre, Hartcliffe Health Centre and William Budd Health Centre
ORGANISATIONS WORKING TO SUPPORT THOSE IN FOOD POVERTY & FOOD INSECURITY
Carpenters Food and Support
Emergency food supplies for those in Withywood, Hartcliffe and Bishopsworth.
Counterslip Cares Foodbank
Counterslip Cares Foodbank provides emergency food support based on the Eatwell Plate to address hunger and improve health in Hengrove, Whitchurch and the surrounding areas.
FareShare South West
FareShare South West are one of 21 similar centres across the country, redistributing in date surplus food which would otherwise have gone to waste to charities, schools and community groups.
Driving systemic change to increase food security across all social and cultural communities of Bristol – ultimately striving for ‘Zero Hunger’. Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of immediate provision for those in need, and influencing long-term local economic and national policy changes that aim to improve food security of all Bristolians.
FoodCycle collect surplus produce locally from independent retailers by bike, and use these ingredients to prepare nutritious meals to be served to the community as a Saturday lunch at Barton Hill Settlement.
The Julian Trust runs an emergency night shelter located in the centre of Bristol for homeless people and rough sleepers.
The Matthew Tree Project
We strive to empower and support people who have fallen into crisis, for whatever reason, to rebuild their lives and create a better, healthier, happier future.
Refresh Food Bank Bedminster
We are a charity based in East Street, South Bristol reaching out to the poor and in our community with a variety of different support strategies. Our vision is to bring spiritual and social transformation to the area and to bring positive input and improvement to the lives of the people of Bedminster and South Bristol.
The Trussell Trust
Supporting a nationwide network of food banks and providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust has a number of food banks across Bristol, Keynsham and South Gloucestershire. See the main Trussell Trust website to find the one nearest to you, or contact the local offices below.
Bristol North West Food Bank
Bristol North Food Bank
Bristol Eat Food Bank
Victoria Park Baptist Church Foodbank
Victoria Park Foodbankhelps people with emergency food needs (up to 3 days food) – especially for people residing in South Bristol
The Wild Goose drop-in centre
The centre provides free hot meals, shower facilities, clothing and toiletries four days and six nights a week for those in extreme poverty and need. The centre also serves as a hub in signposting to appropriate voluntary and council services. Alongside this we provide volunteering opportunities and also access points for agencies working with this client group.
This resource has been produced to support Going for Gold, for more information visit: https://www.goingforgoldbristol.co.uk/
Updated January 2021.