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 South and East 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.
FEEDING BRISTOL INTERACTIVE MAP
Feeding Bristol, in partnership with BCC Bristol One City and Bristol Food Network, has launched a mapping tool that will help connect food organisations around the city and those they work with.
What is it?
- A free online interactive map that provides visibility to organisations and projects that provide different types of food related support to the community – including community cafés, retailers, foodbanks, community growing sites, etc.
- The map was developed as part of the research of Feeding Bristol’s recently released report on the level of food provision and services across Bristol. Click here to see the report summary.
How to use the tool:
- If your organisation is not included, or you would like to update the details currently displayed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We recognise that not all organisations are included yet. We are hoping that with your help, we can make this a live and comprehensive list of food support in Bristol.
This page on the Bristol City Council website has information on accessing food help during the COVID outbreak, including Bristol Community Meals, finding out about your nearest food bank or FOOD Club and seeing if you can access Healthy Start vouchers. Visit the page or call 0800 694 0184.