Cost Of Living Support

Cost Of Living Support

Support available in Eastry TODAY!

If you or a neighbour need support, click on the links below to find out what’s available.


What’s on offer?


The Deal Food Bank

Offers free food ‘at home’ deliveries to Eastry Mon to Fri. 

Register to get free food vouchers at:

  • Citizens Advice
  • Blossom Centre
  • Bechange
  • Community Warden
  • Your local Primary School

St Richards Church (top of Mill Hill) Tues 12pm – 2pm.

Trinity Church 10am – 12pm Fridays

01304 728428 or

01304 361084

Sandwich Age Concern 

Meet, Eat & Heat; spend the day, enjoy a hot meal and company.

Meals on Wheels,

befriending & a shopping service.

19 -21 Cattle Market, Sandwich CT13 9AP

Call: 01304 614237

Deal Centre Age UK

Open Monday to Friday for hot meals and good company.

3 Park Street
Deal, CT14 6AG

01304 372608

Chequers Community Kitchen

Healthy meals delivery service for vulnerable and isolated people of all ages. 

Ask for a menu.

Chequers Kitchen
The Chequers, Golf Rd
Deal, CT14 6RG
01304 362288

Sunrise Cafe


Sunrise Cafe offers affordable food in a warm environment where everyone matters, where everyone is valued and where everyone is included. It operates a ‘pay what you can afford’ model so that no one goes hungry and

customers are asked to pay what they can afford.

168-172 Snargate Street
Dover CT17 9BZ

01304 448070 

Opening Hours

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8am – 2pm

Thursday 8am – 1pm

Sat 8am – 12pm

Closed Sunday.

Dover Foodbank

We provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. 

Dover Baptist Church, 
27-32 Maison Dieu Road,
Dover, CT16 1RF

07870 361 180 (text only)

Olio – Free sharing food app

OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.

OLIO is super easy! To make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, and when and where the item is available for pick-up.

To access items, simply browse the listings available near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging.

Dover District Council winter funding for vulnerable residents

Dover District Council funding for vulnerable residents living in a cold home (elderly/health conditions/low income/in receipt of benefits) to help with heating/boiler repairs and insulation to help reduce energy costs. 

01304 872414

Deal Warm Welcome Hubs

Each weekday this winter at least one venue per day will be opening its doors to welcome people.
There is no charge, people can pay what they can, if they can.


Mondays: 12-5pm, 3-6pm
Tuesdays: 12.30-4pm, 3-6pm
Wednesdays: 12.30-4.30pm
Thursdays: 3.30-6.30pm
Fridays: 12-5pm
Saturdays: 12-2pm
Mondays: Deal Salvation Army, West Street
Golf Road Community Centre
Tuesdays: Trinity Church, Union Road
Golf Road Community Centre
Wednesdays: St George’s Church, High Street
Thursdays: Leaps & Bounds, Southwall Road
Fridays: Deal Salvation Army, West Street
Alternate Saturdays: Talk it Out Friendship Group, Deal Ability Centre, 43 Victoria Road

Dover Pantry
Cost of Living Support, Families, Food Banks/Food Parcels
Dover Pantry is a members only supermarket and for a small weekly subscription of £5, members are able to buy food, including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites to supplement their shopping.
Dover Pantry is part of the Your Pantry franchise and is a sustainable way for people to access good food every week, rather than a crisis response like a food bank.

Membership is open to the community surrounding the pantry address and local families are strongly encouraged to join.
Monday-Wednesday, 11.00am – 2.00pm
Unit 16, Charlton Centre, Dover, Kent, CT16 1TT
07898 045 384 Centre Dover

Riverside Centre Dover

• Hot Meal delivery service – £7.50
• In Centre lunch time Hot meal – £6.50
• Snack bar for light snacks and drinks
• Shopping service
• Activities
• Dementia services
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:30pm
The Riverside Centre, Maison Dieu Gardens, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RL
01304 207268

Eastry Can

‘Eastry CAN’ supporting Local Residents with the Cost of Living

This winter, Eastry CAN is providing free food vouchers worth £5 each to support individuals and families who can exchange single or multiple vouchers for hot meals or buy food in many of Eastry’s local shops. Funding for Eastry CAN has come from the local business community who have made significant donations totalling £4,500 so far.
The £5 food vouchers will be distributed by Eastry Primary School and local community workers to residents in need who can then exchange for food or a meal in most of Eastry’s local retailers and food outlets including; S&C Baitup Butcher, Bickers Post Office, The Baker’s Dozen, Eastry Fish Bar, Infinitea Tea Shop and The Five Bells Pub.

Contact Kate Gibson – telephone +44 7941 522953.

For more information, please contact or fill in the form on


The RSPCA Pet Food Bank project collects pet food donations and delivers them to food banks for owners and animals in need. The cost-of-living crisis means the service is more in demand than ever.


Citizens Advice for Dover & Deal District

Citizens Advice is an independent network that helps people resolve their money, legal, family, consumer, and other problems. Its advice is provided free, it is independent, confidential, impartial, and available to everyone.

The Deal Centre, 3 Park Street, Deal, CT14 6AG

Open Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 3pm

Tel: 0808 278 7961

Money Advisor Network

This network brings together some of the country’s best known debt advice providers so you can access free, confidential and independent debt advice straight away. You won’t need to pay for the advice you receive, and speaking to us won’t affect your credit rating.

Government Support

Support from Government is changing. We will update this page regularly.

Energy Price Guarantee (9 September, 2022)

From 1st October, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will mean a typical UK household will pay no more than £2,500 a year on their energy bill for the next two years. This is automatic and applies to all households.  See Energy Bills support Factsheet ‘Example savings based on your type of home’.

The most vulnerable UK households will also receive £1,200 of support provided in instalments over the year. An additional discretionary fund will be available for those households who are outside of the schemes. For example, households not on standard gas / electricity contracts.

Help for Households – a one stop shop source for all Government support, grants and discounts from Income, Housing & Childcare Support to Help with energy bills to Help with transport costs and Supermarket & Retailer offers.

Energy Bill Discount

£400 off energy bills for households in Great Britain from this October. This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter.

There is no need to apply for the scheme and you will not be asked for your bank details.

Winter Fuel payments

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills. This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment. 

Cold Weather payments

£25 extra a week if you’re getting certain benefits is available during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days.

Cost of Living Payment & Disability Cost of Living Payment (May 2022)

Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year. 

Help with energy bills – TBC This was last updates 1st April 2022. We are awaiting more from the Government here.

Help to Heat

You may be eligible for grants to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which could help to reduce your energy bills. Government is investing in energy efficiency schemes which are being delivered by local authorities.

Updated pdf Link:

Cost of Living Support Across East Kent