Support coping with rising living costs

Food and clothes

If you can't afford food

  • Apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund or call 0131 270 5600
  • Speak to your CAB worker, health visitor, primary/secondary school contact
  • Visit your local food pantry
  • Access your community fridge
     
  • If you still need support for food please call 0131 270 7500
  • If a family with children 0-18 years old please call 0131 271 3413

Local food pantries

  • Community Food Pantry (MAEDT) – For residents of Mayfield & Easthouses.
  • 14-15 Bogwood Road, Mayfield, EH22 5DG
  • Sign up to become a member and then shop there for £3.50 a week, getting around £15 worth of groceries – 0131 663 5317
  • Central Dalkeith and Woodburn Pantry - For residents of central Dalkeith & Woodburn.
  • The MARC Building, 10 Woodburn Road, Dalkeith. Open Fridays 1.30pm to 5.30pm (closed for 15 minutes at 3pm to refill shelves).
  • Membership is free, one membership card per household. Receive free fruit and veg, and bakery items (when and what available), free pet food to pet owners.

Community Fridges

Gorebridge 

Rosewell 

  • The Steading community fridge. The food in the fridge is available to those in need or anyone struggling with the current cost of living crisis.
  • Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm to 5 pm. Outwith these times please ask a member of staff at reception who would be happy to help, as long as items are available.

Penicuik

  • Food Fact Friends community pantry and fridge
  • Community Fridge: Monday, 10:30 – 15:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  10:00 – 15:00; Friday 10:30am – 15:00; Saturday 11:00 – 13:00
  • Pantry open to all Midlothian residents. £1.00 to join and £3.50 for 10 tokens: Tuesday 10:30 – 15:00; Thursday  1030 – 15:00; Saturday 11 – 13:00
  • Community café - free tea, coffee, soup etc. Monday 10:30 – 15:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 – 15:00; Friday 10:30 – 15:00; Saturday 11:00 – 13:00
  • Free cat and dog food available all the time

If you can afford food but need help to get it

  • Check if there are any online shopping slots or get someone to click and collect for you
  • Local businesses might be able to deliver
  • Call the Red Cross helpline 0808 196 3651. It's free and confidential and open 10am-6pm.
  • Food Train – (age 65+) 0800 13 88 220 (FREE) 
  • Call the council 9am and 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9am and 3.30pm on Fridays: 0131 270 8894 
  • If you are unable to call the council or Red Cross email CLL@midlothian.gov.uk 
  • Twitter: @MidHelp (9am-5pm weekdays)  

For help with clothing

  • Sweet Dignity is a local community recycling project providing clothing for all ages, home and baby goods.