Access to food

We know that some Camden residents are struggling. You may have concerns about access to food and other essential items.  

If you are in urgent need of food support, please visit Camden's Find Food site , which shows you the nearest community organisations providing food near you.

You can also call us to discuss your needs on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).

If you need help accessing food and other support, there are a number of services available to you. 

Accessing food banks and community food hubs

To access a food bank you may need foodbank vouchers. You can get referrals to access these from Council officers, social workers, children’s centres, GP surgeries and advice charities. 

There are four main foodbanks in Camden, three are operated by Trussel Trust:

Camden Foodbank

Euston Foodbank

Chalk Farm Foodbank

The fourth is a mobile foodbank that travels to different locations in the borough, you can refer yourself to this service here. 

You can find details of local distribution centres on our online service directory.

With increased demand for foodbanks, donations from the public are more important than ever. If you are able to provide non-perishable groceries such as cereal, soups, pasta, tinned foods, UHT milk and more, please help by giving directly to your local foodbank or by leaving in your supermarket’s collection point. You can find out more about how to donate and what to donate here.

Access food support from schools

If your child is entitled to free school meals then you are eligible for additional food support. You can access this directly through your school’s website. 

Support from the voluntary sector

There are a range of voluntary organisations across Camden who are doing their bit to support residents in need. You can find a list of voluntary organisations working in your area on our online directory.

They can help you access a wide range of services and practical including:

  • Food
  • Prescriptions
  • Financial advice and support
  • Mental health support
  • Employment advice 
  • Mutual aid

If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family please visit Camden's Find Food site, which shows you the nearest community organisations providing food near you.

Support for sheltered housing tenants 

If you have a family member living in sheltered housing, please be assured that we are doing whatever we can to support them. All tenants in our 23 schemes have regular contact with their housing managers, either face to face or over the phone, and where a resident is in need of shielding this contact is daily.

Where residents are unable to access help themselves, housing managers have been collecting shopping and prescriptions, they have also helped individuals with top up gas and electric move over to online payments. 

Where necessary, sheltered housing tenants have also been put in touch with voluntary sector partners including:

  • Age UK Camden
  • QCCA
  • The Winch
  • Highgate Newtown Community Centre
  • Local TRAs