Accessing low cost meals
Brighton and Hove is on a mission to become "The City That Cooks and Eats Together". Visiting a lunch club or other shared meal setting, or sharing food with a neighbour, can be a great way to save money and bring people together.
Crisis options: what if you have no food or money?
On weekdays, try the Brighton Unemployed Centres Family Project (see below)
Outside of weekdays, you can download a list of places which offer free or very low cost meals. Many are targeted at homeless or vulnerably housed people but are accessible by others.
Afordable options for everyone: Lunch clubs, shared meals, community cafes
Lunch clubs in Brighton & Hove serve nearly half a million affordable meals a year. There most up to date directory is at It's Local Actually which you can search by postcode. Choose the 'lunch club' category.
You can also download a list of Lunch Clubs in Brighton & Hove produced by the city council (last updated Feb 2017).
Very low cost meals for young people (ages 13-25) are offered at the YPC Cafe 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE, 01273 230130. Open Monday: 4pm – 7pm, Wednesday: 3pm – 6pm and Thursday: 4pm – 7pm.
The Real Junk Food Project operate on a "Pay as you Feel" principle, which allows patrons to give back either financial donations, their time, energy or skills as a way of accessing the food. All the food used would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
Brighton Unemployed Centres Families Project, Tilbury Place, (Tarner area) offer cheap vegan lunches for everyone, and for people are in crisis may offer a free meal or emergency food parcel. Open weekdays 10:00 - 16:30.
There are several community cafes which offer affordable snacks and meals.
Casserole club put puts older people in touch with a neighbour who can come round to their home to drop off a free, wholesome meal and have a friendly chat.
Food Sharing apps and facebook pages can help people share unused ingredients with each other.
Volunteering at a Community food project
Many community cafes, shared meals and lunch clubs welcome volunteers, who often benefit from a free meal.
Most food growing projects offer a meal or a share of the harvest to people who come to volunteer; and many will pay travel expenses.