Help with food

Community Food Changes to Food Parcel Delivery

The Community Food project was set up as an emergency, temporary response to lockdown measures introduced in March, which made it difficult for some people to access food.

The project successfully delivered over 45,000 fresh and ambient food parcels to people struggling to access food and to those who were asked to shield. The project involved a huge effort by both the council, volunteers and local businesses to make sure food parcels were successfully delivered across Argyll and Bute.

Lockdown restrictions are being lifted, meaning that people who had been shielding can now leave their homes and visit shops in person.

This temporary food service therefore will stop week ending 7th August 2020.

Please note that everyone must wear a face mask when in shops. You can find more information about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 on

If you have any questions about the changes in food deliveries or need any other support, contact the Caring for People helpline on 01546 605524   - open 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri, or contact us using our online form

Help with food is also available from:

Free school meals

For free school meal eligible households, we moved to a payment scheme for over the summer holiday period, until 7 August.

If you are eligible, you can apply for free school meals and school clothing grant using our online form:

Find out if you are eligible for free school meals and clothing grant, and apply online here

The council is working in partnership with local food banks through the Community Food Forum.  Details of food banks can be found on our website

Support groups
There are a number of support groups across Argyll and Bute who have provided vital help for communities throughout lockdown. More information about active support groups in your area can be found on our website

For free school meal eligible households, we have now moved to a payment scheme for over the summer holiday period, until 7 August.

Thanks and recognition

Distributing food and vital support to the most vulnerable in our 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.