Many of us are facing financial difficulties, and these difficulties can result in food poverty. Too many people are going hungry because they simply don’t have enough money for food. If this is something you’re dealing with Selby foodbank could help you.

Foodbanks are there to help you out of a crisis by giving you 3 day’s worth of food. Foodbanks can also offer debt advice to those who need it. 

If you don’t have enough money to buy food, please understand that help is available. Food poverty can cause distress, anxiety, and depression so it’s important that you ask for help. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Selby Foodbank‘s address is 1811 Building, New Lane, Selby, YO8 4QP. It’s across the road from the chemist and is reachable by phone. Call the foodbank on (01757) 703 426. You can also email them at info@selbyfoodbank.org.uk.

Food Vouchers 

You’ll need a food voucher so that you can visit your local foodbank. Citizens Advice, your doctor, health visitor, or social worker can give you a food voucher.

When you hand over the food voucher it will contain a few details about you. This will ensure the staff at the foodbank give you the right amount of food. For example, someone living on their own will receive a different amount to a parent with children. This ensures that everyone has enough food. 

Tips for Eating on a Budget 

Below you will find a few tips that could prove useful if you’re eating on a budget:

  • If you have leftovers, save them for another meal. The only thing you shouldn’t re-heat is rice.
  • Cook in batches and freeze a few meals so you can enjoy them another time.
  • Don’t be afraid to eat food that’s past its best before date unless it’s chicken or pork. Most out of date food is perfectly ok to eat.
  • Have a few out of date eggs? you can check they’re ok to eat by placing an egg in a glass of water. If the egg sinks it’s ok to eat, if it floats it should be discarded. 
  • Plan your meals using ingredients you already have in stock. This will help you to save money. 
  • When you’re grocery shopping take a list with you and stick to it.

  • Don’t be afraid to try the shop’s own brands. Sometimes the food is made on the same production line as more expensive food.
  • Consider replacing meat with other sources of protein such as eggs, fish, or legumes as they tend to be much cheaper.
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables are just as nutritious as canned or fresh produce, and you don’t have to use it all at once.
  • Consider shopping with online retailers who sell perfectly good out of date food for less. Approved Food and Best Before It’s Gone are two such retailers.

Eating on a budget isn’t always easy, but you can make things a little easier on yourself. Please use your local foodbank if you’re struggling and don’t be afraid to cook meals from scratch. Saving money and eating something delicious can be good for both your physical and mental health. 

 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk