We know that anyone can find themselves at crisis point for a number of different reasons.
How Does the Voucher System Work?
Kingston Foodbank works using a voucher referral system. As such, you need to pick up a voucher in order to receive emergency food at your foodbank centre. When you visit a referral agency they will take some basic details from you to complete the voucher. This will help them to identify the cause of your crisis and offer practical guidance. It also means we are able to prepare suitable emergency food for the right number of people.
Where do I get a Foodbank Voucher?
There are a number of different agencies which provide food vouchers and the one which is most appropriate to go to depends on your circumstances.
If you are currently being supported by a support worker or a local support service (such as probation, a health and wellbeing service or a school/family centre support officer) then you should be able to get a food voucher from them.
If you’re not currently being supported by someone, then where you should go depends on the circumstances surrounding you:
- If you are homeless or at risk of being made homeless, you could ask for a voucher from Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH) who have a drop in advice service from 10:00-13:00 Monday to Friday. They can also provide expert housing advice.
- If you’re struggling with debts then you could get a voucher from the Citizens Advice Bureau or Christians Against Poverty.
- If you’re experiencing delays or changes to your benefit payment, you should speak to your local job centre who can refer you to Kingston Foodbank.
To find out more about the agencies that hold our vouchers and how you can get help, please contact us.
If you are a referral agency and would like to become a registered voucher holder for our foodbank, please contact us to find out more.