Low-cost meals for delivery or takeaway

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Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, many local meal providers are offering new takeaway and delivery options. We’re working to keep this page updated as these services develop.

Free or low cost meals

The Real Junk Food Project are providing pay-as-you feel food service at various locations:

  • St Luke’s Church, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton BN1 5DD. Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12:00-13:45 pay-as-you-feel meals.
  • Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, Brighton BN1 7BH. Thursdays 12:30-13:45 pay-as-you-feel meals.
  • The Hub @ Bevendean. Times vary – check their Facebook page. Pay-as-you-feel shop selling rescued produce.
  • The Gardener Cafe, 50 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN. City-centre pay-as-you-feel cafe. Open Thursday – Saturday afternoons.
  • Community Cafe at St John the Baptist parish hall, 2 Bristol Rd, Kemptown, BN2 1AP. Wednesdays 12:30pm-2pm. Takeaway lunch on pay-as-you-feel basis

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project serve lunches on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with takeaway food available. Suggested donation of £1. 6 Tilbury Place, BN2 0GY. Call 01273 601 211  for more information and about their other services.

The Bevy are open Wednesday to Saturday from 3pm – 9pm, offering ‘Bevy Bites’ meals on wheels deliveries at £5 for a two course, healthy meal – delivering to residents of Moulsecoomb & Bevendean as far as Coombe Road and Coldean. If you know someone who would like a meal delivered please ring the Bevy on 01273 281009. If the cost is an issue, please still ring. They’re also working with others across Moulsecoomb & Bevendean and Brighton more widely to get meals out to those that can’t afford it. They also have Chatterbox, informal socially distanced lunches in the pub on Wednesdays.

Brighton Light Trust are offering a free lunch takeaway service with sandwiches, soup and hot drinks at the main entrance of Holland Road Baptist Church, Hove BN3 1JN on Mondays from 12.00pm – 1.00pm. They are also able to refer to food banks. Targeted guests are the homeless community but anyone is welcome.

Chomp provide food during school holidays for families who are eligible for free school meals. They are looking at options for how this can be provided during school holidays and beyond. Keep an eye on their social media for updates or email chomp@onechurchbrighton.org.

East Brighton Food Coop are based in Whitehawk and deliver free freshly cooked meals citywide Monday to Friday from 1.30pm – a triple meal is delivered on Friday to cover Saturday & Sunday, from Robert Lodge, BN2 5FG. No referral needed. Ring 01273 675 741 or email eastbrightonfoodcoop@gmail.com or call: 01273 885068

Food and Friendship based in Hove Methodist Church, Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5DR. They will be delivering hot two-course meals on Tuesdays until the end of May to their previous lunch club guests who have limited support with meals or shopping. On Thursdays during May, they hope to run small support groups with food for their beneficiaries who are particularly suffering from isolation and loneliness. From June they hope to reopen their Tuesday lunch club. They are happy to provide these meals for free but donations are also welcome. They can take referrals especially in the Hove, Hangleton and Portslade areas so if you know of an isolated person who would appreciate a meal contact Caroline on cookingcaroline@outlook.com or phone or text 07813 667857.

Happy Maki are a not-for-profit restaurant offering delicious, pay-as-you-feel vegan sushi rolls, bowls and sides to eat in or take away from their location at 8 Pool Valley, BN1 1PN. Contact: 012737 37369 or email manager@happymaki.co.uk.

CASE have hot food available to collect Tuesday to Friday 10am – 3pm provided by World Food Project. Collect from Crestway Parade, The Crestway, Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BL.

Hollingdean Community Centre have hot food available to collect Monday, Tuesday, Friday mornings from 9.30 – 11.30 provided by World Food Project. Collect from Thompson Road, Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BH.

SoulSoup are running food deliveries in Lewes & Brighton on a suggested donation basis, offering healthy, prepared soups and/or fresh produce bags on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Donate what you can afford, be that more or less than their recommended donation amount. To sign up email info@soulsoup.cafe

St Anne’s Day Centre are providing a hot lunch from midday until 12.20 Monday to Friday (first come, first served basis, takeaway only) for those experiencing homelessness, isolation and disadvantage – no cost. St Mary’s Church Hall, 61 St James’s Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PR.

St Peter’s Church provide free hot food every Saturday from 6pm-7:30. St Peter’s Church, York Place,Brighton, BN1 4GU

Toast Club is a free takeaway breakfast at the Church of the Annunciation, 89 Washington Street, BN2 9SR on weekdays 8am-10am and weekends 9am-11am with toast, cereal and hot drinks for anyone.

For the homeless community, we know some of these services have already closed, at the moment Sussex Homeless Support have a street kitchen at 5pm each Wednesday and 1pm each Sunday at the Clock Tower. For more information about homlessness and the pandemic, contact St Mungo’s who are coordinating services for this community (Tel: 0300 500 0914).

Meals to buy (including Meals on Wheels service)

Mother Theresa’s
A local Meals on Wheels company that use locally sourced produce and cater for special dietary needs. They can also deliver milk, papers, bread and other essentials.

Presto
A local Meals on Wheels service offering a daily hot lunchtime meal, along with teatime snacks (e.g. sandwiches, cakes). They are also able to deliver basic groceries (milk, bread, biscuits and toilet roll).

Forgotten Cuts
A local street food trader offering Roast in a Box every Sunday. Orders must be in before 6pm on Saturday for the Sunday delivery. This is a no contact delivery service. Email ellie@forgottencuts.co.uk and visit their social media sites for the menu.

Many restaurants and cafes have set up a new delivery and takeaway service. Please see the listings on the Restaurants Brighton website. Or have a look at the most popular delivery services: Deliveroo, Dinner2Go, JustEat and UberEats.

More information:

Coronavirus update on food access, volunteering and more.

Guide on eating well as you age and avoiding undernutrition.

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