Food support available in the borough.

Free school meals

Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 (not nursery) in a government funded school, is automatically entitled to free school meals. 

In addition, free school meals are available to pupils receiving, or whose parents are receiving, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Find out how to apply for free school meals.

Wandsworth Foodbank

Emergency food, support and advice.

If you are in financial crisis you can also call the free national helpline on 0808 2082138.

Waste Not Want Not

The Battersea-based charity collects surplus food from nearby markets and distributes it through local community and youth centres.

Tooting Community Kitchen

The Tooting Community Kitchen runs a food bank each Friday between between 9.30am and 11.30am at Price Close, Upper Tooting Road and Wednesday and Saturday 6 to 6.30pm outside Iceland/Tooting Market, Tooting High Street.

Bridge Breakfast

On Monday mornings from 10am until 12 noon The Bridge Church runs Bridge Breakfast at The London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga Street, London, SW11 4AG. The church partners with local grocery stores to provide food to those in need.

Pop in any time for tea and toast, community and conversation, and food surplus (dependent on availability). If you would like to get involved visit the Battersea Church website.

Retail discounts and offers

Supermarkets including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are offering discounts and offers.

Find out more via Help for Households.

Reduce your food costs

Food waste costs the average London household £60 a month, so reducing your food waste is good for your pocket, not just the environment. And as most food waste is avoidable, most households can do this easily!

Find out more about how to reduce food waste (Love Food Hate Waste).

Worried about food?

If you are worried about whether or not you can feed yourself and your family, view further information via our Family Information Service.

Be Enriched Tooting Canteen

The Be Enriched Tooting Canteen is open every Friday to serve a vegetarian lunch to the local community.

Dons Local Action Group 

This voluntary Dons Local Action Group delivers food parcels and accepts referrals from GPs, social services, schools and other organisations.

NHS Healthy Start Scheme

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four and are on a low income, you may be entitled to help to buy healthy food and milk from NHS Healthy Start.

The Roehampton Community Box 

The Roehampton Community Box is available to anyone living within two miles of Roehampton. For a £4 weekly contribution you can select more than £25 worth of groceries including food, toiletries and cleaning products.


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