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2. Help with food
Food prices have been rising rapidly and many households are finding it difficult to afford healthy meals. There is help available:
The Food clubs set up by our Community Development team provide members with nutritious food and basic supplies at a discount. If you’re finding it difficult to afford healthy meals you could be eligible to join one of our Food Clubs. Due to demand, new applicants may need to go on a waiting list.
There are two community fridges in the borough where people can come and help themselves to food, which is close to its sell-by date, free of charge. Local stores donate the food to help those in need and to reduce food waste.
- Merstham fridge – within Merstham Community Hub, 2b Portland Drive, Merstham RH1 3JB. For more information visit Surrey Information Point
- Woodhatch fridge – within Woodhatch Community Centre, Whitebeam Drive, Reigate RH2 7LS
Food banks provide free food and essential items for people in short term need. You need to be referred to a food bank by a local agency. Find out more about food banks in the borough.
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk through the NHS Healthy Start Scheme.