What is more than food
More Than Food is everything we do that isn’t food. This includes providing toiletries and household cleaning products, signposting people to other agencies, providing in-kind drop in sessions at the foodbank centres and operating our Money Advice and Mental Health Project.
Research carried out by Edinburgh Food Project in 2018 confirmed foodbanks could play a pivotal role in helping clients tackle the underlying causes of their food poverty by providing access to expert advice and support services. Demand for benefits advice and mental health support was identified, along with help with utility bills, debt, housing and employment.
People that believe foodbank centres are a suitable place to access specialist support
People that chose mental support as a service they would like to access in the foodbank centres
People that said they weren’t accessing specialist support for their crisis
You can access a wide range of support services on Housing, Welfare rights and Benefits advice, Energy savings, and Employability. (Please note, these vary between centres and can change at short notice).
No anyone can access the drop in services, you only need a foodbank referral to be provided a food parcel.
No referral or appointment is needed. This is a drop-in service.
No, you are under no obligation to disclose personal details.
No, you can access the drop-in support as often as you want to. However, you need to check with the individual support agency for any restrictions that may apply for their services.