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Support with food and essentials

Information on local foodbanks, community supermarket and other schemes.

Cost of living pages - Support with food and essentials

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Cost of living pages - Support with food and essentials
Here is a list of services and support that you may find useful.

Local support

- Basildon Foodbank  - 07424 660 862

Billericay Foodbank - 07707 466 262

- Helping Hands Food bank - For those known to be receiving housing benefits, jobseekers allowance, income support etc. Incluidng those who are not able to afford their weekly shop and/or may be on a waiting list for earlier listed criteria. Lee Chapel North Community Centre, Basildon, SS15 5HL. Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12pm and 3pm.

Community Supermarket Basildon (opens 25 November). Laindon Community Centre.

- Lighthouse Furniture ProjectUpcycling furniture and household items to make them available for those who can't afford them.

Essex ActivAteFree face to face clubs during the school holidays for children and young people who are eligible for benefits based free school meals, as well as those from low income working families who would benefit from this extra support.

- Feeding the Family - ​​​​Hot home-cooked meals delivered by volunteers with an invitation to a cooking course, teaching cooking basics to build confidence followed by volunteering opportunities.

- Motivated Minds - Food bank and Winter coat donations:

- Food bank - H​​​​​​​appy Hub, Unit 11, Eastgate Shopping Centre, SS14 1AE. Monday to Saturday 11am-3pm.

- Winter coat - Happy Hub, Unit 11, Eastgate Shopping Centre, SS14 1AE. Monday to Saturday 10am-3pm.

- Craig Tyler Trust - Craig Tyler Trust Vault - Mother and Childrens group supporting children and guardians in need, clothing and homeware donations available and weclome, care packages, food parcels. Chalvedon Community Centre and Social Club, 1 Chalvedon Square, Basildon, SS13 3QX - Fridays between 9am and 2pm.

- Local School Uniform Banks - Connecting families with free preloved school uniform, footwear, and coats open to anyone that needs it:

Laindon School Uniform Bank is open Fortnightly on a Saturday, 10am-12pm at Manor Mission Church, Manor Road, Laindon, SS15 6PA.

-Pitsea School Uniform Bank is open Mondays (unless otherwise stated) 10am-12.30pm at Chalvedon Community Centre and Social Club,1 Chalvedon Square, SS13 3QX (opposite chalvedon shops).