Midlothian Food and Key Essentials Fund

Latest update

The Food and Key Essentials Fund is currently closed. 

An alternative model of delivering support to those in severe financial difficulty is currently being explored. A further update will be provided in the autumn of 2021.

Why has it closed?

The fund was open to those in severe financial difficulty, impacted by COVID-19, who couldn't afford to buy food and other essentials. Between mid-December 2020 and end-February 2021, we supported over 4,000 households with food vouchers and fuel payments.

Before making a decision on the future of the Food and Key Essentials Fund, we wanted to carry out a review of the scheme and other ways in which the council provides support to those in the greatest need.

If you need help

If you are in crisis and need help while the Food Fund is closed, you may be eligible for a Scottish Welfare Fund grant:

If you are in financial difficulty, other support and advice is also available:

  • Contact Midlothian Foodbank
  • Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau at Dalkeith (Tel. 0131 660 1636) or Penicuik (01968 675259)
  • The British Red Cross may be able to assist with some financial support for individuals/families who meet the criteria for their Hardship Fund, which gives cash grants to the poorest people facing financial hardship because of the pandemic. The British Red Cross is working with statutory and voluntary partner organisations who can refer individuals to the Hardship Fund for support
  • Over 65s facing financial hardship can also contact the local branch of the Red Cross on 0131 654 0340 for advice, information and practical support for a benefit check