Eating enough of different types of food helps you to stay well.

Ask people you know if you need help getting food. You can also: 

Get a lift to do a food shop and get help in store

Make getting to the shops easier. If you are not able to get a lift from someone you know, you have options.

You can get a bus, a lift from volunteers or book a community transport bus from your door to the shops. 

And at the supermarket, some stores help you get your items and pack.

Get to the shops by:

And get help when you get to the shop by:

Get your food shopping delivered

Order food shopping online

You can order your food shop on the internet from supermarkets and some local shops.

Get online and order your shopping by:

Order food shopping over the phone

Phone Sainsbury’s on 0800 328 1700 or call a local shop:

Get a volunteer to shop for you if you are ill

Find a volunteer for one-off help with shopping in an emergency on community website Help & Kindness.
Call Age UK on 01305 269 444

Cook more easily with equipment to help you

Make cooking easier with equipment and aids to help you. Sit while you cook and chop vegetables quickly. Move meals and hold knives and forks more easily.

Cook and eat more easily with:

Look at things to help you cook at centres to help people live independently in Dorchester or Wimborne. Book to go on 033 300 300 10 or

Or find out in our video about cutlery that is:

Learn in our video about cups:

Get meals delivered to you

Get a good meal with less work. Ready meals are a way to eat a balanced diet. Some local companies will bring you a meal for you to heat up. Some will bring the meal ready to eat.

Find where you can order:

Have a good lunch and meet people

Share a hot meal every week or month for a few pounds. Lunch clubs are a way for older people to eat well and meet people.

If you cannot get a lift from someone you know, you can take a community transport bus from your door. Or some lunch clubs come and get you.

Choose a lunch club near you, in different parts of Dorset:

If you have a severe disability, check if you or someone who can drive you to a lunch club might qualify for a Blue Badge.

Check your bus journey to go for a meal at a lunch club. Or find a community transport scheme to take you

Get help if you do not have enough food

You do not have to go without food. Get an emergency food parcel or food donation.

You need to first tell Citizens Advice you are in crisis. You will then get a food bank voucher that gives you food to meet your needs for 3 days.

Contact Citizens Advice. Call on 0800 144 8848 or email a local office.
Find a food bank near you:

Help yourself to food that is there to be shared in a community fridge. See a list of community fridges for you to use – no need to apply or get a voucher.

Get cheaper, good, nutritious food by joining a community food shop run by volunteers. Find your nearest community food shop.

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