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Council’s community food clubs now offering a free service

Residents of Barking and Dagenham who are struggling to pay their bills or just want to make their money stretch that little more then they can join the council’s Community Food Clubs and be able to get shopping worth £20 a week for free during the coronavirus pandemic.


Membership of our community food club also gives residents access to a wide range of services, providing advice and support with finances, employment, housing and health.


To qualify, you must be a resident of Barking and Dagenham and be in need of support. Membership will be restricted to one person per household to visit once a week and to just one of our sites over the course of the three-month membership.


More information can be found here.


Information on the Food Club can be found here.

Healthy Start

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers. Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.


Please go to the Healthy Start Website to find out more.

Fruit and Veg Delivery Service

Essex Fruit and Veg (who are on facebook) are doing deliveries of fruit and veg boxes: 

£20 for one box or £35 for two. To find out more, visit their facebook page:

Butchers Free Delivery Service

We have been advised of a local butchers who will deliver order over £20 for free. Please see the attached leaflet for prices and more information.

Infant Feeding Advice

We have been provided with the following information to support new parents with feeding infants: