Support with the costs of food and other household essentials
From November 2021, a new Household Support Fund has been launched in Oxfordshire to provide emergency welfare for those individuals and families under most financial strain. For those facing financial hardship, help is available for the costs of shopping, energy and other utility bills and for other essential household spending. The County Council has worked with the City and District Councils and partners in the Voluntary and Community Sector to make sure support is available across Oxfordshire and the contact arrangements depend on which district you live within. For the details of the scheme in your area please click or call:
Cherwell District Council
https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/258/coronavirus/769/self-isolation-support or call Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire on 0300 303 0993
Oxford City Council
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20044/grants/1484/household_support_grant_hsg or call 01865 249811
South Oxfordshire District Council
https://www.southoxon.gov.uk/household-support-fund/ or call 01235 422600
Vale of White Horse District Council
https://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/household-support-fund/ or call 01235 422600
West Oxfordshire District Council
https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/communities-and-leisure/coronavirus-community-support/ or call Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire on 01993 892063
The scheme is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and will run until 31 March 2022.
Additional food support
Community food providers and free school meals
Community food providers, including food banks and community larders, are on hand to support those struggling. You can ask your local council about community food support in your area or visit the Good Food Oxford website.
For other groups and businesses providing food services near you visit oxfordshire.gov.uk/foodsupport for more information.
If your child has benefits-related eligibility for free school meals and is required to stay at home to self-isolate or because of a national or local lock-down, you may be entitled to a food parcel, shopping vouchers, or equivalent support. Contact your child’s school or college for further information.
The county council is administering a holiday-hunger scheme funded by the national government to support families around school holidays for those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Similar support has been available to the most economically vulnerable children in early years settings.
In October 2021, the scheme was extended by central government, Those eligible will be contacted directly by their school, college or early years provider.