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Help with meals and shopping

Get support if you are struggling with food shopping and preparing meals.

Meal services in Essex

There are suppliers across Essex that can deliver hot meals to your home. Essex County Council recommends using a supplier approved by their Trading Standards team. Meals are available to people with:

  • special diets, food allergies and intolerances
  • specific medical needs
  • cultural and religious requirements

Suppliers will tell you how they can meet your needs.

Find a local supplier Buy with Confidence.

Food banks and community meals

The Trussell Trust provides emergency food and support for up to 3 days. Find a food bank in your area.

FoodCycle is a charity that gives meals to people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

Community transport schemes in Essex

If you need help getting out and about, there are local transport services, such as dial-a-ride and group travel, to help you get your shopping done.

Find out more information about Community Transport in Essex.

Help from your supermarket or local store

Many of the big supermarkets will help you shop if you have difficulties. They can help by:

  • pushing you around the supermarket if you are using a wheelchair
  • collecting your shopping for you

You can order shopping online from supermarkets who have a home delivery service. Contact the supermarkets directly to find out more.

Some local food shops will deliver food to your home for a small charge.

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