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If you are struggling financially you can get free food and essential household items from a UK food bank.

More and more people are turning to food banks to help them and their families to make ends meet.

Food banks are usually run by volunteers who are using foodbanks themselves. They understand your situation first-hand and will be very supportive.

If you have an independent local food bank you can go without a referral. Search online for ‘local food banks’ to see if there is one near you.

If you don’t have one close by you’ll need to get hold of a food bank voucher. Contact your doctor, health visitor, social worker or your nearest Citizens Advice – they can also refer you.

You can search for your local Citizens Advice centre on their website or call the national helpline on 03444111444. Tell them you urgently need a food bank.