Money, debt and benefit advice

Food banks and food clubs

If you've got debt, money or work worries, it's important you and your family access the right support at the right time.

Food banks

You need a voucher to use a food bank. You can get a voucher from your doctor, health visitor, social worker, local citizens advice or charity organisation. Your local food bank can provide emergency food for at least 3 days.

Here's a list of some of the foodbanks in Rochdale borough:

Food clubs

We've given the charity Family Action £30,000 to run a food club for families struggling to buy groceries.

It costs £1 to join a club for a year. You can then buy food bags which cost £3.50 but contain £15 of food and collect them from one of the following children's centres. If you're pregnant or have a child under the age of 4, you may qualify for help to buy basic foods as part of the The Healthy Start scheme.

Auntie Irene's Pantry
Open: every Wednesday, 6pm-7pm and every Sunday, 12 noon-2pm
Phone: 07870 172142
Address: 8 St James Street, Milnrow, Rochdale OL16 3JT

Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) Community Pantry
Visit the KYP website
Address: Belfield Road, Rochdale OL16 2UP

The Lighthouse Project 
Visit the Lighthouse Project website
Address: Unit S6b/c Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton M24 4EL

Rochdale Association Football Club - Dave vs Hunger Food Pantry
Visit the Rochdale AFC website
Address: Crown Oil Arena, Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DR

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Visit the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing website

Food clubs at children's centres

You can also join a food club at your local children's centre. Please contact a children's centre directly to join.