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  • Healthy Start Vouchers - Some pregnant parents and their children are entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers every week. These can be spent on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk.  You can also get free vitamins.  

Health Start Applications NO LONGER require a medical professional signature.
​For more information on Healthy Start vitamins/vouchers or info on opening hours of other Children’s Centres, call 020 7364 5277. ​

Did you know that the Healthy Start voucher scheme offers families:

  • £6.20 per week for each baby under the age of one
  • £3.10 per week for each child aged between two to four-years-old
  • Plus £3.10 per week if you are pregnant (from week 10)

Each voucher is worth £3.10, and you are entitled to several vouchers, depending on your family size.

The Healthy Start voucher scheme payments will rise from £3.10 to £4.25 a week next April meaning you could take home up to £17 per week.

N.B Vouchers will be back dated from up to 6 months.

To find out if you are eligible for the Healthy Start vouchers click here

The vouchers can be spent on a range of food and milk items including; fruit and vegetables, pulses and milk and can be used in major supermarket chains, local shops and market stalls within Tower Hamlets. You can find a full list of where you can spend your vouchers locally on www.healthystart.nhs.uk

How to apply for Healthy Start

You will need to fill in an application form, which you can get by: Visiting www.healthystart.nhs.uk or by:

Visiting a Children’s Centre or calling your GP surgery

Calling the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823, who will help to complete this online.

Speaking to your midwife or health visitor

  • Your school may be providing pupils with a food bag during the period they are self-isolating.  Some schools will be offering food bags to pupils, which will provide food for lunches over the two-week self- isolation period.  Schools will be responsible for distributing these.  So if you are self-isolating and need help and assistance then please contact your school to find out more information

Food Bank ​

  • Foodbanks - Drop-in/Open Access
    • Bethnal Green Food Bank - St Matthew's Church, St Matthew's Row, London, E2 6DT; drop in's take place on Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for distribution and donations - for more information you can call 020 7739 7586 or email bethnalgreenfoodbank@gmail.com
    • Bow Food Bank - Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonards Street, Bromley by Bow, London, E3 3BT (Entrance through the park on Bruce Road or St Leonards Street); Monday drop in between 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - you can contact the Bow Food bank by info@bowfoodbank.org​.
    • Neighbours in Poplar - St Matthias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High Street, Poplar, London, E14 0AE. Open every day 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Walk-in service is available although you should call in advance for requests of support 020 7987 0257 
    • Salvation Army, Kerbey Street, E14 6AJ.  Drop-in Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Contact David on 020 7987 9405
    • Toynbee Hall, Spitalfields, London, E1 6LS is hosting Solidarity Britannia, a food bank for residents with no recourse to public funds.
    • St Dunstan's Food Bank, Stepney High Street, London, E1 0NR is supporting 40 families and individuals.  It is open for donations and to collect food Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  It is closed Sunday and Monday.
    • St Luke's Food Bank, Alpha Grove, London, E14 8LH.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Deliveries can also be arranged on Mondays and Thursday, for more information call 020 7538 9862 or info@stlukesmillwall.org
    • Linc Centre, 70 Fern Street, London, E3 3PR, Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., please call Ikran or Safia (Women's Inclusive Team) on 020 7790 2650
    • Foodcycle - The Methodist Church, 1 Merchant Street, London, E3 4LY.  Takeaway service on Fridays at 7pm. This service is open for anyone with a special emphasis for those who may be vulnerable
    • St Anne's Catholic Church, Underwood Road, London, E1 5AW.  Tuesdays to Fridays 09:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for more information call 020 7247 7833 or brazilliancp@rcdow.org.uk 
    • Osmani Food Bank – Providing emergency food support to people in poverty or crisis. Food collection every Wednesday 12pm-3pm at Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London E1 5AW. For further information you call on 020 7247 8080. 
    • Winter Meals for children – Women’s Inclusive Team (WIT) As well as our usual foodbank and community kitchen activities we will be offering winter lunches for children within our community in Tower Hamlets. (we also have limited supply of children’s books and toys – all meals are Halal) For further details please contact Shakila on 07458 307355.

  • Area Specific​ Foodbanks
    • Christ Church, Isle of Dogs, 151 Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, London, E14 3DR.  If you need help and you live in the Isle of Dogs you should call 020 3488 4594
    • Dorset Community Association, Diss Street, London, E2 7QX (for residents of Dorset Estate and Columbia Road area).  Please call Nazrul on 07984 966 565 to order a food bag.  Bags can be collecte or delivered on Thursdays between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    • Ensign Youth Club, Wellclose Square (off the Highway), London, E1 8HY.  Collection Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  For residents of St Katherines area, please contact Shafee on 07949 573 730 or 020 7702 3340
  • Hot Meals - Walk In or Delivery
    • Whitechapel Mission 212 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BJ - Serving Breakfast Monday - Sunday 6 -11am. 
    • St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 2PA 'Tuesday Night Bights' - Hot meals provided every Tuesday 6-7pm. 
    • Women's Inclusive Team are running a Meals of Wheels service by referral or in response to calls from vulnerable residents.  Bike works will deliver the food.  For more information contact Ikran or Safia on 020 7790 2650
    • Limehouse Project provides a Luncheon Club for the Elderly.  Monday's 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Harford Street Multi Centre, 115 Harford Street, London, E1 4FG and Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Locksley Community Centre, Dora Hall, Dora Street, London, E14 7TP.  For more information contact m.begum@limehouseproject.org.uk or call 020 7538 0075

The Food Store

The Food Store was launched in partnership with Women's Environmental Network (WEN), Poplar Harca and Burdett Football Club.

The Food Store is a new food support service based on a Food Pantry Model, which is a membership-based service accessed only through referrals.

This is a membership subsidised scheme that members pay to use, unlike food banks offering food free hand outs.  Membership costs either £3.50 per week or £10 per month.  In return members will get £30 worth of food plus available fruit and vegetables on top of that.  Members will also have greater choice of food banks.

Members will be required to sign terms and conditions of use of the service and agree to access available support services such as welfare benefits advice and employment support to deal with the underlying issues, e.g. debt, housing, income maximisation, membership will be reviewed quarterly to check progress and confirm member's continunied engagement with services.   You must consent to your information being shared at the point of referral with organisations providing support services as relevant to their need, including local welfare advice, relevant council teams and employments support service providers amongst others.

Free School Meals 

How do I know if I am eligible for Free School Meals?

Your child may be eligible to get Free School Meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 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 per year)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1st April 2018 your houshold income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you received)

In addition to the information above you can find out more information at Free School Meal National Voucher Scheme.

If you have received an eCode Voucher and the website is telling you you have entered an incorrect cove please contact Edenred Direct on 0333 400 5932 or email: freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com

If you need more information or advice regarding Free School Meals you can contact the Family Information Service on Phone: 020 7364 6495 or email: fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk