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Help with food for families

Food vouchers during school holidays

If your child(ren) have free school meals then you will recieve a letter from your school telling you about the food vouchers you are eligible for during the school holidays.

This summer,  families will get one allocation of £90 per child for the summer at the beginning of the summer (£15 per week per child) and vouchers must be spent by 22nd September 2022.

If you have not recieved your food vouchers by the 2nd week of school holidays and believe you are entitled to free school meals, please email 

Food clubs

Membership is £1 per year then you can get food to the value of £15 bag for £3.50 and buy other food items. Lots of families find this helpful with a good selection of items.

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

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 a list of some of the foodbanks in Rochdale borough:

Rochdale Foodbanks - located on South Parade, Rochdale OL16 1LR and Wesley Street, Smallbridge OL12 9RW.

Tel: 01706 713701


Heywood Foodbank - located on Adelaide Street OL10 4HE.

Tel: 07396071193


Middleton Central Foodbank - located in Middleton Shopping Centre, Limetrees Road.

Tel: 0161 643 1163


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)

Household Fund

The Household Fund is a sum of money to help Rochdale borough residents who find themselves struggling financially. This can include help with white goods, supermarket vouchers and fuel cards.

This is a referral service only so you will need to speak to your Family Support Worker or ring our helpline on 01706 923685.

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