Help with food

The council has prioritised getting food out to people most in need and who do not have any existing support in place.

If you are struggling to access food and have no other options, or if you know someone who needs help with food please contact the Caring for People Coronavirus Helpline on 01546 605524   - open 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri. An online request for help form is also available.

There are a number of options available if you are struggling to access food and essential items.

  • National food parcels
    The Scottish Government offers ambient food parcels to those who have been asked to stay at home for at least 12 weeks and shield. The weekly free service includes canned and dried food along with basic toiletries. More information on this service can be found on the Scottish Government website and in our Food FAQs
  • Fresh food parcels
    The council is supplementing Government food parcels with fresh food deliveries (milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, vegetables and other household products if required). Community groups, volunteers and local businesses are working together to deliver parcels across Argyll and Bute. Fresh food parcels are also available to others who are vulnerable in our communities and have no other options or support.
  • Ambient food parcels
    The council is also providing ambient food parcels to those who are vulnerable in our communities, or who have no other support or access to food and supplies at this time. The weekly free service includes canned and dried food along with basic toiletries.
  • Free school meals
    Children in receipt of free school meals have been able to either collect or receive a delivery of a meal at lunchtime. This will be changing to the delivery of an ambient and fresh food parcel. If you have not been contacted already regarding the changes, please speak to your headteacher.
  • Other food needs
    If you have specific circumstances and the various food deliveries outlined above don’t meet your needs, please call the Caring for People Helpline to discuss whether an alternative can be provided for you.
  • Food banks
    The council is supporting food banks by helping them to access stock and through the Community Food Forum Details of food banks can be found on our website
  • Provision of Period Products
    If you need period products but are unable to access them yourself or are unable to arrange for a family member or friend to purchase them on your behalf, you can order some products for home delivery directly from our partner Hey Girls, using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZDQC8JT

Further information about access to food can be found on our FAQs

How you can help

Volunteering
We have a fantastic team of volunteers who are helping to pack and distribute food parcels across Argyll and Bute. We are looking for additional delivery volunteers who have vans or capacity to take large numbers of parcels out to the community. If you can help in any way, please contact morag.brown@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Local Suppliers
We are trying to source products locally as much as possible. If you able to supply items to go in our food parcels, please get in touch morag.brown@argyll-bute.gov.uk. We would love to hear from you.

The Community Food Team consists of people from across all council services who have come together to help deliver essential supplies to communities across Argyll and Bute.

Thanks and recognition
Distributing food and vital support to our most vulnerable communities has been a massive logistics effort involving the goodwill of a number of people and businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for making such a huge difference to anyone struggling to access food during these challenging times.