A lot of people are experiencing financial challenges right now. These challenges can, unfortunately, lead to food insecurity. Too many people go hungry because they don’t have enough money. If you can identify with this, Selby Foodbank might be able to assist you.

Foodbanks can help you by giving you three days’ worth of food. Foodbanks may also provide debt counselling to those in need.

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 Foodbanks address is 1811 Building, New Lane, Selby, YO8 4QP, it can be reached by phone on (01757) 703 426.  They can also be contacted by email at: info@selbyfoodbank.org.uk.

Vouchers for Food

To visit your nearest foodbank, you will need a food voucher. A food coupon can be obtained from Citizens Advice, your health visitor, doctor, or a social worker.

When you hand over the food coupon, it will provide the foodbank with some personal information about you. This ensures that the foodbank team gives you the correct quantity of food. Someone living alone, for example, would need a different amount of food than an adult with children. This means that there is ample food for everybody.

How to Eat When You’re on a Budget

If you’re on a tight budget, the following suggestions can come in handy:

  • If you have some leftovers, keep them in the fridge for another day. Rice is the only thing that can not be reheated.
  • Cook in batches and freeze a few portions so you can enjoy them another time.
  • Don’t be shy to try any of the store’s own labels. Food such as this is often made on the same production line as similar but more expensive foods.
  • Consider eating eggs, fish, or legumes instead of meat as they are typically less expensive.
  • Don’t be afraid to eat something that’s past the best before date unless it’s pork or chicken. 
  •  Most out of date foods are perfectly ok to eat.

  • Have a few out of date eggs?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.
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are almost as nutritious as fresh food, and they can be cheaper. 
  • 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.

Consider shopping online for out-of-date food that’s sold at a low price. Food such as this is usually in perfect condition. Websites such as Best Before it’s Gone and Approved Food are worth a try. 

Eating on a budget might not seem easy at first, but you might become used to it. If you’re in need, go to the nearest food bank. Both your physical and mental health will benefit from saving money and enjoying something tasty.

 

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