Need to find extra support this Christmas?

Christmas times can be very stressful and this year we are facing ever growing financial pressures. So many of us our struggling so we have put together some information and resources which can offer ideas, help and advice.  

Community Pantries 

There are several local pantry’s in the area. These are local services which offer food packages at reduced rates. Once you register with them you can buy a selection of food (around 12 items, with at least 2 being a meat or fish option) for £5 and  you can chose what you have from what they have on their shelves.  Each pantry will have its own cost and details of what they offer and a full list, including opening times can be found here 

Community Teen Project

Available for young people eligible for free school meals, this project offers activities in the Christmas holidays. Please visit the website at 


Energy Suppliers

If you are struggling with your energy bills then it is advised to contact your energy supplier. They should be able to discuss different payment options with you. 

Check on their website as many have an advise page.

British Gas also offer an Energy Support Fund. Contact then for advice or to discuss on 0333 202 9804

Help for Households

This Government website offers different help links and advice for households struggling this winter. 

Take a look at 

Hampshire Holiday Activities and Food Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is a government sponsored scheme offering enriching activities and healthy meals to children from reception to year 11 during the Easter, Summer, and Christmas school holidays. 

Find out more here

The Vine Centre

The Vine Centre in Aldershot offers food packages to people in the community via their Community Cupboard scheme. Please contact them for further details . The number to call is 01252 400 196 or email

Rushmoor Services

The Farnborough Foodbank (Trussell Trust) will continue to operate at limited times over the holiday season. Please look at their website for further details

Email : for more information or visit

Hart Services

There are four branches of Hart Foodbank (Trussell Trust) in our local area. Referral agencies are able to issue clients with a voucher or make arrangements with the foodbanks for support to be accessed. Please visit their website for more information. Clients can then collect pre-packed parcels during opening hours.

Basingstoke Food Bank

You can contact Basingstoke Foodbank on 07722 673645 or 07941 336464 or visit

Or contact Citizens Advice or Free phone Basingstoke: 0808 278 7829 Tadley: 0808 278 7987


All Yours 

All Yours are a local charity that can support families by providing period boxes.

You can visit their website to register and request these. All information is confidential. 

For more information please visit their website