Planned work to our phone system

On Saturday 26 November, between 8am and 1pm, we’re carrying out essential work to improve our phone system. We will have less capacity to handle your calls. We will be back up and running after 1pm.

Every day costs

Food costs

There are several low-cost food options and community groups across Royal Greenwich for anyone who needs help to afford food.

Join a local food pantry

If you are struggling to afford groceries and food, join a local food pantry. It costs £3.50 a week for £20 worth of food, so you can feed your whole family for much less. 

Find your local food pantry.

Food banks through LiveWell

If you are struggling to afford food or utility bills, you can contact LiveWell Greenwich for advice and support, who can refer you to food banks if you need food bank vouchers.  

Speak to LiveWell advisors. 

Free school meals and holiday meals

If you receive a qualifying benefit and you have a child in primary or secondary school, you can get free school meals, school clothing grants or school journey grants for your child. 

School meals

Apply for free meals at school. 

Holiday meals  

Your children can get free meals throughout the school holidays at libraries and adventure play centres, regardless of your financial situation. 

Get free food during the school holidays.

Healthy Start

If you're more than 10 weeks’ pregnant or have a child under four, you can get help to buy healthy food, milk and vitamins. 

Apply for free milk and vitamins. 

Low-cost fruit and vegetables

You can buy cheap fruit and vegetable at some local children's centres across the borough.  

See what support you can get at your local children’s centre.

Cookery clubs and community kitchens

You can learn how to cook cheap, nutritious meals for your family for free, through local cookery clubs run by the Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA).  

Get involved with a cookery club in Greenwich.

You can get free monthly community meals at rotating community centres across the borough.

Join a community kitchen in Greenwich.

Broadband and phone packages

You could get support paying your internet and phone bills through social tariffs. 

Find out how to get a discount on your phone and broadband. 


You may be eligible for free or discounted travel through Transport for London Services (TfL). 

Get discounted travel on TfL.

Borrow household items 

You can borrow a range of useful products, from hoovers to sewing machines, at much lower cost to buying them, at Woolwich Library.  

Borrow from Library of Things.