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2. Emergency support

Holiday activities and food programme 2021

The Holiday activities and food programme is a government initiative that aims to provide healthy food and enriching activities during school holidays, primarily to children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for free school meals. It is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). 

Oldham Foodbank

Emergency food for local people in crisis. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. 

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Unit B
Prince of Wales Industrial Units
Vulcan Street
Oldham
OL1 4ER

Two satellite Food Banks operate on a Monday between 11am – 2pm at South Chadderton Methodist Church, Thompson Lane, Chadderton OL9 8LX and Salvation Army, Shaw, OL2 8QY.

Emergency helpline

The Council, Oldham Foodbank, and Action Together have been working together to arrange the delivery of food, medicine, and other essential personal and household items to people in urgent need.

This offer is for people, of any age, who are unable to leave the house or are experiencing financial challenges as a result of Coronavirus and don’t have a trusted friend, neighbour or family member to help them. 

  • Phone: 0161 770 7007

Open from: 9am – 5pm on weekdays - closed on Saturday and Sunday.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please call the Out of Hours MASH Team:

  • Phone 0161 770 6936)
  • Text service: 07860 022876

Texts will be responded to where possible within 24 hours, Monday to Friday. 

What you can do to help

Donate to foodbanks

Oldham Foodbank relies on the goodwill and support of the people of Oldham helping their fellow Oldhamers.

During these difficult times, donating is more important than ever. With families across our borough struggling financially, more and more of them are having to turn to foodbanks to get by.

By picking up a few extra items when you’re doing your shopping and donating them to Oldham Foodbank, you’ll be helping people less fortunate in your community.

Find out more about what items are urgently needed, where you can drop off items or making a financial donation, visiting the website