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Help with food for families

School holiday food vouchers

Aldi food vouchers

Parents and carers of children who access free school meals will be contacted to let them know if they will recieve Aldi vouchers worth £15 per week, to spend on food for their children during the school summer holidays.

An initial allocation of £60 (£15 per week) for each eligible child will be going out to families from 23 July 2021 to cover the first 4 weeks of the summer holidays. Another £30 of vouchers will go out later on in the summer to cover the last 2 weeks of the holidays.

Who to contact

If you have a query regarding the free school meal vouchers please email: vouchers@rochdale.gov.uk

Apply for free school meals

If your child is newly eligible for free school meals due to a change in your circumstances you will need to apply using the Free School Meals Application Form (external link).

Who to contact

If you have a query about applying for free school meals please telephone: 0300 303 8870

Summer food clubs - free membership

If you receive free school meals, you can get FREE membership to any of the following food clubs during the school summer holidays.

If you're eligible, you'll receive a letter from us with a membership slip attached. This is unique to you and not transferable. Please take your slip to the food club you wish to join and they will assist you.  

You can get a £15 bag of food for £3.50 and buy other food items. Lots of families find these helpful with a good selection of items available.

Newbold Food Club
Open: every Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am
Phone number: 01706 649729
Address: Newbold Children’s Centre, Moss Street, Rochdale OL16 5NL

Heywood Food Club
Open: every Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am
Phone number: 01706 369889
Address: Derby Street Children's Centre, Derby Street, Heywood OL10 4QJ

Littleborough Food Club
Open: every Thursday, 1pm to 3pm
Phone number: 01706 378166
Address: Littleborough Sports Centre, Calderbrook Road, Littleborough OL15 9JN

RBH Kirkholt
Open: every Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm
Phone number: 07531 556697
Address: Community Hub, 17 The Strand, Rochdale OL11 2JG

RBH Freehold
Open: every Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm
Phone number: 07532 556697
Address: Community Annex, opposite 271 Olney, Freehold OL11 4LQ

RBH Smallbridge
Open: every Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm
Phone number: 07532 556697
Address: 5 Stevenson Square, Smallbridge, Rochdale OL12 9SA

The LightHouse Project - Your Local Pantry
Open: every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Phone number: 0161 643 1163
Address: Unit S6b/c Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road, Middleton M24 4EL

KYP Community Pantry
Open: every Wednesday, 9.30am to 1.30pm
Phone number: 01706 630140
Address: Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale OL16 2UP

Rochdale AFC - Dave vs Hunger Food Pantry
Open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Phone number: 01706 643836
Address: Crown Oil Arena, Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DR

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

Food clubs at your local children's centre

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

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: 

Contact any children's centre to join the club

Food banks

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

How do foodbanks work? 

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

Support for families during Covid-19

We would like to say a huge thank you to families for staying at home and staying safe during these unusual circumstances. We appreciate how difficult this can be, especially if you live with children and young people.

We are here to help. There is lots of support available for you and your family.

Please see our leaflet Support for families during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) (3088KB pdf)

Please see the Rochdale SEND Local Offer COVID-19 Help and Guidance

Please see Parental Conflict tip sheet - Supporting health and relationships and managing disagreements during COVID-19 (900KB pdf)

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