Where the UK government is failing to look after those in most need, local groups like this one are rising with practical, local alternatives. Coats for Kids is totally cash-free. Their currency is clothing (now there's an economy I can get behind!), and have simply set up a Google Map with local drop-off points. One of them is on my way to work! Too easy.
If you live in Sussex, get on it. If you don't, maybe think about setting up a similar scheme. It'll be totally appreciated.