Places offering help

Places offering help

North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council are working with 5 local organisations in the areas we cover which are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available. These organisations are working with local voluntary sector groups and trusted volunteers to arrange shopping for food and essential items, collecting prescriptions, a friendly listening ear, information & signposting to someone who can help, if they can’t.

The Harrogate & Knaresborough Foodbanks: If you are in need of emergency food go and talk to the Harrogate Foodbank – 10.30-12.30 Tuesdays & Friday’s, Mowbray Church, Harrogate & Monday 10.30-12.30 Holy Trinity Knaresborough.  They are there to help with 3 day pack up of in-date food and additional support. Vouchers for the Harrogate Food Bank can also be accessed at St Peter’s Church or at Harrogate Community House.

Ripon Community House have been providing food boxes in the Ripon area. Contact T: 01765 603631 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm ) Email:

Supporting Older People is providing free bags of food and essential items supplied by Asda together with free single portion fresh meals for anyone in need – usually in packs of 4, which are frozen. We need to know any dietary requirements. We are also still running a shopping and prescription collection service. Please contact us on 07535 508043 if you or anyone you know would benefit from any of these services.

NYCC can provide supermarket vouchers via their Local Assistance Fund. To apply call the Family Fund  – 01904 550030.

Food Angels deliver hot meals to older people for a small charge – call 01423 888 083 or email

St Peter’s Church, next to Primark in central Harrogate offer the following free services:

Monday to Saturday 8.15 – 8.45 breakfast available

Monday to Saturday 4 – 4.45      A hot takeout meal.

Sunday 1pm hot meal take out.

If you have any urgent needs outside office working hours, please do call North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 780780.


Support remains available for children eligible for free school meals.  Schools have the funding and the responsibility for providing free school meals for eligible children during term time.  Eligibility will be due to means-tested benefits or under the Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) initiative.  Schools are responsible for this provision both for children in school (children of critical workers and vulnerable learners) and for children accessing education through remote online learning. Provision will be via food parcels or meals and schools are responsible for having the appropriate allergen information for the young person and household, for working with their catering supplier to arrange FSM provision and for ensuring logistical pick-up/delivery.  Provision during February half-term for children receiving free school meals is likely to be supported through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme via a voucher scheme as happened at Christmas.  County Council officers are currently collating information from schools, academies, colleges, early years providers and North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund (NYLAF) to understand the numbers supported over the Christmas period.

In response to the national restrictions, the North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund (NYLAF) Covid19 Self-Isolation Grant that is administered by the CSOs will be amended; recipients will now be able to access six grants in a twelve-week period.  This has been uplifted from two over a twelve-week period to ensure that those who are required to self-isolate due to being unwell, being contacted by track and trace, or shielding, are able to access support for food, utility, and other household essentials.  This mirrors the support arrangements in place during the first national lockdown and whilst shielding was in place in spring/summer 2020.  This is in addition to the North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund (NYLAF) General Financial Hardship fund which can also be accessed.


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