Food and essentials
Free school meals
If you're on a low income and receive certain benefits, your child can get free school meals.
School meals are a good way to make sure your child eats well at lunchtime and can save you time and money.
Apply for free school meals.
Free Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)
If you claim certain benefits and your child gets free school meals, they can attend activities in the christmas, easter and summer holidays and get a meal, all for free.
The Holiday Activities and Food scheme is funded by the Department for Education. We've teamed up with local organisations to offer a wide range of activities where children can try new things, make new friends, work on arts and crafts, cook and play sport, as well as getting a meal.
Find out about free holiday activities.
If you can't afford the food, toiletries or household essentials you need, you can get help from a food bank.
Lots of local groups, charities and organisations run food banks in the different areas of Staffordshire.
Find your nearest foodbank on our Staffordshire Connects Directory pages.
You can also find local food banks listed on the Trussell Trust website.
Food banks often stock period products for those who need them.
Free period products are also available in some supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Look out for signs displayed in the building, often in the toilets.
Morrisons have a scheme for anyone to get some free period products – simply ask for ‘Sandy’ at customer services and you’ll get a discreet bag of items.
Many schools offer free pads and tampons through the government’s period product scheme. If your child’s school or college doesn’t already use this service, share the link with them to register.
There are several charities that help with period products:
Period poverty charity.
Free Periods charity.
Eating well on a budget
Find meal inspiration and healthy, budget-friendly recipes on the Staffordshire Connects pages.
Go to the eating on a budget page.