Midlothian Food and Key Essentials Fund

Latest update

The Food and Key Essentials Fund closed on 4 March 2021 for a review period. This review is ongoing and further details will be issued as soon a possible.

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 want to carry out a review of the scheme and other ways in which the council provides support to those in the greatest need.

Have your say

As part of our review of how we will operate the food fund in the future, we would welcome your views.

  • How easy did you find it to apply for help?
  • What could we do differently to improve any future scheme? For example, should we change the criteria for who is eligible for support? Or should we have an alternative to vouchers or home delivery?
  • What other things could the council and its partners do to support the most vulnerable and those in the greatest need in our communities?

Send your comments and suggestions to: mfkey@midlothian.gov.uk

Current applications 

  • Processing your application may take up to 10 working days. Please do not contact us during that time to enquire about the progress of your application or the delivery date for vouchers. We will get in touch with you.
  • Your application, personal details and any other information, will be treated as strictly confidential. Your personal details will also be handled in accordance with the law on data protection. You can read more about this here: Midlothian Food and Key Essentials Fund privacy notice (PDF)

What if my application is turned down?

If you are unhappy with our decision or the way in which it has been made, email us within 20 days.

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