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Cost of living support and advice

We know that when things are tight, some people in Portsmouth don’t have enough money to pay for the food and essentials they need. There are services in Portsmouth that are here to help:

Help with food

We can help you find food banks, community pantries and larders, and other places that will provide a supply of food to anyone who is struggling, and we can help you with a referral if you need one.

  • Food banks provide around 3 days food for your whole household if you can’t afford to buy food. Some food banks need a referral, and some can help you without being referred. If you need a referral, we can help, or you can contact Advice Portsmouth by calling 023 9279 4340, texting 07789 550593 or emailing
  • Community meals – Anyone who needs a hot meal can visit any of the services included in the Community Meals list. You don’t need a referral
  • Community pantries and larders give you the option to pay a small fee to join, then buy weekly groceries at a reduced price.


We can help you find ways to cover the costs of some of life’s essentials, everything from school uniform and school meals to household items and repairs of things like bicycles and electrical appliances.

  • There are places in Portsmouth where you can find free furniture and household items.
  • The Repair Café is a free monthly pop-up social event where you can learn how to repair and mend your things with the help of friendly volunteers, including broken appliances, stuck zips, rusty tools, old bicycles and clothing.
  • There are a number of grants available to help those facing financial hardship
  • If you’re over 75 and on pension credit, you can get a free TV licence.
  • Money Saving Expert is a great place to find deals and tips on how to save money on your shopping.

Support for parents