Get Help if you are struggling to afford food

If you are struggling to buy food, you can approach Gloucester Citizens Advice Bureau who will be able to provide advice on where you can get local support.

Call them on 0808 189 6280, visit

Messenger House
35 St Michaels Square

Apply for free school meals 

If you or your child receive certain benefits, you can apply for free school meals from Year 3.

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.

Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) 

A great way to connect to your community with activities and food, for school aged children and parents. It’s free and runs over school holidays. Activities include sport clubs, arts, music and family days. or visit

Gloucester Food Bank

Once you have been issued with a voucher, you can exchange this for a minimum of three days of emergency food at your nearest foodbank centre.


Community Cupboards 

Free fresh and ambient foods, donated by supermarkets. Available to all households, no referral necessary from 9.30am at:

 Day  Location  Address  Contact Number  Times
 Monday  The Ewe Space  81 Matson Ave Gloucester GL4 6LL  01452 505 001  8:30am - 9:30am
   GL Communities  Norbury Avenue, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6AG  01452 505 544  
 Tuesday  Matson Baptist Church  Matson Avenue Gloucester GL4 6LA  01452 542 693  From 9:00am
 Thursday  St Oswald’s Church  Coney Hill Rd Gloucester GL4 4LX  01452 690 750  12:00pm - 1:30pm
   Podsmead Big Local Hub  15a Scott Avenue Podsmead Gloucester GL2 5BD  01452 415 223  
 Friday  Phoenix Centre  Matson Lane Gloucester GL4 6DX  01452 521 557  8:30am - 9:30am
 Saturday  Matson Baptist  Church  Matson Avenue Gloucester GL4 6LA  01452 542 693  From 9:00am
   Podsmead Big Local Hub  15a Scott Avenue Podsmead Gloucester GL2 5BD  01452 415 223  

The Redwell Centre

Redwell Road, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6JG

Free fresh and ambient food available every Wednesday 8.30am-1pm. Homemade freezer meals available from Monday - Friday 10am- 3pm. Redwell Dinner Friday evening, £2 for an adult and £1 per child, for booking and menus email

Tuffley Court Community Association 

St Michael’s Hall, Tuffley

FREE food available to collect, donated by local supermarkets, along with the option to buy £3 food parcels. Available to all households, Friday 10am-1pm. Email:

Podsmead Big Local – Poets Pantry

96-98 Masefield Avenue, Gloucester GL2 5BA Tel: 07923 445

Food club and surplus food distribution hub, £1.50 for 7 -10 items and occasionally free food surplus

Thursday 9:30am - 2pm and Friday 9:45am - 10:30am

Gloucester Feed the Hungry (Smiles Community Coffee Shop)

Open Mondays 11am – 3pm and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 7.30 – 9.00am ( Free Homeless and Vulnerable Breakfast Club)

Referral to food bank, free Barber service (off sight), free Clothes Bank

Mondays 5.30 – 6.30pm – free hot food takeaway
Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday – 6.15pm to 7.00pm – free hot food takeaway.
Alternative Sundays – free 1pm – 2pm in conjunction with Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1 Cromwell St, Gloucester GL1 1RE

Tel: 07905 417 266,, Facebook - Gloucester feed the hungry CIC

Community Café

15a Scott Avenue, Gloucester, GL2 5BD. Open 9.30am-12pm Mon to Weds, reduced rates for residents. Community coffee morning 10am-12pm.

Community Canteen

The Long Table Matson, St Hildas Hall, Redwell Road GL4 6HA

Freshly cooked meals and home made frozen meals available Monday - Thursday 8am-2pm.

Breakfast, tea, coffee, and homemade lunches as well as delicious homemade cake. Free Wi-Fi, printer, children’s area and sewing machine available to mend clothes plus clothes and books swaps. All on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

Feeding Gloucestershire

Feeding Gloucestershire is a multi-agency partnership, which was convened in July 2021. The aim of Feeding Gloucestershire is to work with organisations across the county to drive systemic change and build food security across all communities in Gloucestershire.

St Oswald's Church

Coney Hill Road, Gloucester. The Food Hub – 12 -1.30pm. Tel: 01452 690 750, 

Thursdays between 12 noon and 1.30pm, providing a hot meal at 12 noon (diners are invited to make a donation) and free fresh food to take home each week.

The Food hub is located in the church hall at St Oswald's Church , Coney Hill.

The Tuffley Court Breakfast Club

The Tuffley Court Breakfast Club, 12 Robert Raikes Ave, Tuffley. GL4 OQG On Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 11-30am. Free food is available from Supermarkets on those days too. £3 food parcels available on both days too (stock permitting) Email:

GL Communities

Norbury Avenue, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6AG. Referrals to foodbank Monday to Friday 9 -12. Not open on weekends. Call 01452 505 544 or email