Help with the cost of living

Help to get food

Free School Meals

You can apply for free school meals if:

  • your child attends a Harrow school
  • is aged between 5 and 18 years
  • and you get certain benefits

Apply for free school meals

Healthy Start Vouchers

The Healthy Start provides eligible families with free vouchers every week to spend on food and milk. The vouchers are now digital and on a Healthy Start card. They can be used to buy certain types of milk, infant formula, fruits, vegetables and vitamins. You may qualify if you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under the age of 4 and you are on benefits (or if you are pregnant and under 18).

Apply for Healthy Start Vouchers

School Holiday Food project

Families who qualify for free school meals in term time can access food vouchers during the school holidays. Contact your school for more details.

Harrow Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

These are holiday programmes for children in reception up to age 16. School age children and young people eligible for income related Free School Meals can take part in fun and enriching activities. These activities are free over the school Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.


Food Banks 


Help Harrow provides residents with access to food supplies, energy, health, wellbeing and benefits. Help Harrow allows residents in need of food to make food requests online. 

This winter, Help Harrow will also be opening ‘Warm hubs’ across the borough. Help Harrow will also distribute ‘Winter Warmth Packs’ to residents who may be struggling with their energy bills.

To find out more visit

London Community Kitchen

You can visit the London Community Kitchen market every Friday 3pm to 6pm. In Harrow you can access surplus food for free at:

The Kind Café (next to Harrow Leisure Centre)
The Bridge
Christchurch Ave


Romanian Food Hub

The Romanian Food Hub provides families and vulnerable adults weekly access to non-perishable food. They also link users to services offered by local authorities and other organisations.

Visit Romanian Culture and Charity Together (

Breaking Bread Trust

Support for the local community, including food help.


Helping Hands

Help and support for vulnerable and elderly residents, including food help.

Visit Helping Hands

My Yard

Supporting people facing food poverty to have access to a healthy diet and enjoy life. Focus on Grange Farm Estate in South Harrow, with other projects in other areas.


The Basheri Project

Support for Afghan residents in Harrow, run by Masa Restaurant.
For details email: 

Harrow Food Bank

Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust. The food bank works using a voucher referral system. You will need a voucher issued by a local agency to access food at the food bank, such as Citizens Advice Harrow or your Health Visitor. There is a limit on the number of times you can be given a voucher.


If you already have a voucher, View the locations and opening times of Harrow Food Banks