Where to donate food, money or time to food banks

If you would like to donate food to a food bank please note that they need items that form a healthy and varied diet, and cooking essentials (oils, herbs, spices etc), as well as tinned food. If you have food that is unable to be used by a food bank, find out more about how to donate surplus food.

We will try to keep information on this page as up-to-date as possible.

2020 saw a dramatic rise in emergency food usage with an average of 2,000 food parcels delivered each week. There are now almost double the number of emergency food providers in Brighton & Hove that there were in 2019.

This page lists food banks in the city that are in need of support:

Where you can donate food

Citywide

Balfour Mutual Aid Food Bank

Donations: Check their page for most needed items. Drop off donations of food, household products, toiletries and pet food on Thursday 3 – 4pm to the cricket pavilion at 35-49 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6LA.

Contact: brightonma19@gmail.com or message on Facebook.

 

FareShare Sussex have several food collection points in supermarkets across the city for non-perishable, in-date products.

 

Central Brighton and Seafront

BMECP Centre Food Bank

Donations: Non-perishable food

Contact: juliet@bmecp.org.uk

Opening times: Every Friday from 12pm to 3pm.

 

Brighton Food Bank

Donations: Check their January current needs list and drop-off or order a supermarket delivery to them.

Contact: foodbank@bhcm.org.uk or 01273 695330. Please call before dropping off donations.

 

Lunch Positive

Donations: Groceries and food for cooking meals with.

Contact: info@lunchpositive.org or 07846 464384

 

Voices in Exile Food Bank

Donations: Check webpage for food and toiletries that are in need.

 

Sussex Homeless Support

Donations: Food in date, toiletires, sleeping bags, rucksacks, new warm clothes.

Contact: homelessSHS@hotmail.com

 

North Brighton

Bevendean Food Bank

Donations: Food especially squash, tins of meat, ham, corn beef, small jars of coffee, UHT milk, and tins of sweetcorn.

Contact: Call 07856408522 or message on Facebook.

 

Hollingdean Food Bank

Donations: Check current list of urgently needed food items.

Contact: Flo@stmatthiasbrighton.org

 

East Brighton and Kemptown

East Brighton Food Co-operative

Donations: Food, kitchen equipment, vehicles.

Contact: janet@eastbrightonfoodcoop.uk

 

Whitehawk Food Bank

Donations: Check webpage on urgently needed items and where to drop-off.

 

Hove and Portslade

Hangleton & West Blatchington Food Bank

Donations: Check their weekly list of requested items here.

Contact: hangletonfoodbankdonations@gmail.com or 07828 658337

 

Purple People Kitchen

Donations: Drop-off donations of food on Fridays between 9am-12pm at Portslade Town Hall, Victoria Road, Portslade, BN41 1YF.

Contact: grannyunderhill@gmail.com

 

Salvation Army

Donations: Food and essential items. Drop-off at deposit box at their Conway Street branch (Tuesday & Wednesday mornings from 10am) or at supermarket collection baskets on Portland road at Sainsbury’s Local or The Coop.

Contact: hove@salvationarmy.org.uk

 

Weald Community Food Centre

Donations: Fresh and ambient food

Contact: wealdallotments@gmail.com

Where you can donate time

We need a pool of volunteer drivers who we can call upon for one-off or urgent deliveries. Please contact jacob@bhfood.org.uk with your postcode if you would like to be on this list.

Citywide

Chomp

Donations: Volunteering at school holiday sessions with cooking, running activities.

Contact: chomp@onechurchbrighton.org or 01273 694746 or 07955 597880

 

Central Brighton and Seafront

BMECP Centre Food Bank

Donations: General volunteering

Contact: juliet@bmecp.org.uk

Opening times: Every Friday from 12pm to 3pm

 

Children’s Centre Citywide foodbank based at Tarner Children’s Centre

Donations: Volunteer packers and delivery drivers needed. DBS required.

Contact: Tarner.CC@brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

Lunch Positive

Donations: Volunteer telephone befriending and peer support, with kitchen and dining volunteers in the future.

Contact: Check 2021 update webpage for latest information

 

North Brighton

Bevendean Food Bank

Donations: General volunteering

Contact: Call 07856408522 or message on Facebook.

 

Hollingdean Food Bank

Donations: Volunteer pool

Contact: Flo@stmatthiasbrighton.org

 

East Brighton and Kemptown

The Bevy Pub

Donations: General volunteering

Contact: contact@thebevy.co.uk

 

East Brighton Food Co-operative

Donations: Volunteering with admin, cooking and delivery drivers.

Contact: janet@eastbrightonfoodcoop.uk

 

Newhaven Food Bank

Donations: General volunteering

Contact: enquiries.info@sussexcommunity.org.uk or 01273 516032

 

Whitehawk Food Bank

Donations: Volunteering with deliveries and packing.

Contact: Volunteer enquiry form

 

Hove and Portslade

Weald Community Food Centre

Donations: Volunteer forager to collect donated food from local shops on Saturday nights (20:45-21:45).

Contact: wealdallotments@gmail.com

 

Where you can donate money

Ageing Well, supporting older people through the coronavirus pandemic.

Balfour Mutual Aid Food Bank, food bank supporting families across Brighton.

Bevendean Food Bank, can donate directly to: Bevendean Foodbank, Coffee Morning & Advice Centre, Metro Bank, Sort code: 23-05-80, Account No: 37759058.

The Bevy Pub, a free meals on wheels service for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.

BMECP (Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) Centre, food bank for the BME community.

Brighton Food Bank, food bank for families and individuals.

Brighton Table Tennis Club, providing hundreds of hot meals.

Chomp Brighton, providing food and support to families during the school holidays.

Clock Tower Sanctuary, providing food and support to those experiencing homelessness.

East Brighton Food Co-op, delivering hundreds of cooked meals each week.

FareShare Sussex, part of the UK’s largest distributor of surplus food to food banks and projects.

Food and Friendship, providing meals and support to eldery residents in Hove.

Hangleton & West Blatchington Food Bank, food bank for the Hangleton and Knoll area.

Hollingdean Food Bank, a new food bank for the Hollingdean area.

Lunch Positive, providing food and suppor to those living with or affected by HIV.

Newhaven/Seahven Food Bank, delivering food parcels.

Real Junk Food Project, intercepting and distributing surplus food to food banks and organisations.

Sussex Homeless Support, providing food and support to those experiencing homelessness.

Whitehawk Food Bank, Trussell Trust food bank in Whitehawk.

Voices in Exile, supporting refugees and asylum seekers with a food bank and casework.

 

Getting help for yourself or someone else

If you or someone you know cannot afford to eat, please contact the helpline in Brighton to get access to food vouchers or a referral to a food bank.

Please see our page about where to get access to low-cost or free meals.

If you have any queries please contact info@bhfood.org.uk or ring 01273 234810.

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