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.

Christmas Meals

Food & Friendship at Hove Methodist Church are offering a cooked Christmas meal to residents in BN3 & BN41 areas of the city initially. They are also looking for volunteer drivers to help deliver the meals.

If you know of anyone in need of a lunch on Christmas Day please contact the church via email office@hovemethodistchurch.org.uk or telephone 01273 324600. They will need to know name, address, contact number, allergies/ vegetarian option, if they can they collect or if they need the meal delivered to the door.

East Brighton Food Coop will be sending out Christmas dinners with all the trimmings on Christmas Eve. There will also be additional meals provided for their recipients to cover the three-day Christmas period.  They will be delivering all over Brighton & Hove. Contact them via their website:


St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Coldean will be delivering hot meals for residents of Coldean.  Contact: 01273 601854 or email revbetsy@btinternet.com.

Free or low cost meals

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

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: St Luke’s Church, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton BN1 5DD. 12:00-13:45 pay-as-you-feel meals.
  • Thursdays: Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, Brighton BN1 7BH. 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.

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project – Ready made vegan meals cooked by volunteer chefs for collection on Wednesday & Fridays 12.30-1.30pm, £1 per meal to cover packaging costs. Surplus fruit, veg and bread given out for free during these hours.  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 Table Tennis Club.  The Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP. Open Tuesday and Thursday 12.30 – 4.30. Hot meals made by the Real Junk Food Project will be available to take away on Thursdays.
Contact: info@brightontabletennisclub.com or 01273 670145

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.

Christians Against Poverty are offering free takeaway soup, coffee, tea and sandwiches at the main entrance of Holland Road Baptist Church, Hove BN3 1JN on Mondays from 12.00pm – 1.00pm. Targeted guests are the homeless community but anyone is welcome.

East Brighton Food Coop are serving freshly cooked meals delivered daily 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 deliver a hot, two-course meal twice a week to their previous lunch club guests who have no support with meals or shopping. Delivery will stop from November when the lunch clubs resume in smaller, socially-distanced groups. If you know of an isolated person who is struggling to feed themselves and their family and would appreciate a free meal you can contact Jacqui on 07762 201687 or Karen on 07816 663832.

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.

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.

For the homeless community, we know some of these services have already closed, at the moment Sussex Homeless Support are still offering a socially distanced street meal available at elevator above Concorde night club, Marine Parade at 5pm Monday-Friday, Saturday at 5.45pm at St Peters Church, and 1pm 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.

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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