Help with meals and shopping

Find help if you are struggling with food shopping or preparing meals

You can have meals delivered at home if you find it hard to go shopping or prepare meals for yourself.

Meal services in Essex

There are suppliers across Essex that can deliver hot meals to your home. We recommend using a supplier approved by our Trading Standards team.

Find a local supplier with Buy with Confidence.

Food banks and community meals

The Trussell Trust provides emergency food and support for up to 3 days. Find a food bank in your area.

FoodCycle is a charity that gives meals to people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

Community transport schemes in Essex

If you need help getting around, there are local transport services, such as dial-a-ride and group travel, to help you get your shopping done.

Find out more information about Community Transport in Essex.

Help from your supermarket or local store

Many of the big supermarkets will help you shop if you're having difficulties moving around. They can help:

  • you around the supermarket if you are using a wheelchair
  • collect your shopping for you

You can order shopping online from supermarkets who have a home delivery service. Contact the supermarkets directly to find out more.

Some local food shops will deliver food to your home for a small charge.