Referring to a food bank

This page is about how to refer to a food bank and what other help is available for people struggling to afford food. Please note we update this page to reflect changes due to the spread of COVID-19 as soon as we hear about them. Some food banks are now offering delivery options, see below for more information. There will be new neighbourhood-based emergency food distribution points opening in the next couple of weeks (with volunteers doing doorstep deliveries) – we will list these as soon as they open.

Most food banks or food distribution hubs still need a referral. You can’t just turn up.  Please see information here about access to food during the coronavirus crisis.

Local Discretionary Social Fund (LDSF)

The Food Partnership recommends using this fund in preference to a food bank, if you or your client is eligible as it can be quicker and will probably give a greater level of help.

People who have applied for or are on means-tested benefits or tax credits, or a low income and who are facing an emergency, or who need help living independently, can apply for supermarket food vouchers and vouchers to purchase white goods as well as other help (e.g. with fuel bills). Online application or tel 01273 293117.

Food banks which are currently open

Most of the city’s food banks require a referral from an organisation they trust. If you are not sure how to make a referral you should contact the relevant food bank to ask them. Sometimes a phone call or email is enough, or they may want you to fill in a form.


Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project DOING DELIVERIES. They have shut their regular meals but they have food to give out to those in need – please fill in a form or call 01273 601 211 (if you don’t have internet) & they can arrange to deliver to your door (name, date of birth, number in household, address & contact number needed) they are open Tuesday to Friday.

Bevendean Food BankSWITCHING TO DELIVERY ONLY SERVICE FROM 1 April. Church Hall, Norwich Drive, Brighton, BN2 4LA. For people living in Lower and High Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Meadow View and Lewes Road corridor.  Contact 07449 464695 or

Moulsecoomb Children & Families Centre – Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, BN2 4SE. Open Thursdays from 12.30pm onwards. Referral only, for local children under 5 years old. Contact: 01273 294040 or

Whitehawk Food Bank – St. Cuthman’s Church, Whitehawk Way, Brighton, BN2 5HE. Open Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-3pm. You need to ring ahead and pick a slot to come and pick up a parcel. Referral only. Contact: 07941 397648 or

Roundabout Children’s Centre – Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5FL. Open Thursdays from 9am onwards. Referral only through Children’s Centre/health visitors, for local families with children under 5. Contact: 01273 290300 or

East Brighton Food CoopWILL DO DELIVERIES. Bristol Estate Community Hall  146a Donald Hall road, BN2 5DJ.  Hot meals and food parcels for people who self refer in BN2 5 area.

The Vale Community Centre Food Bank – 17a Hadlow Close, Brighton, BN2 0FH. Open Fridays from 1 to 2pm. Referral system, but will give a bag of food if you don’t turn up with a referral the first time. BN2 0F, BN2 0E, BN2 9D, BN2 9Y, BN2 9Z postcodes only. Contact: 01273 571573 or


Salvation Army Hove Food BankTEMPORARILY CLOSED TO REFERRALS.  159 Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3HD. They prefer to do deliveries at the moment, but will have a presence for anyone who they have not been able to deliver to (e.g. new self-referred clients) at their charity shop. Open Fridays from 10am to 2pm, collect via a hatch. contact via phone and email: 07551 572205 or

Hangleton & West Blatchington Food BankCLOSED TO NEW REFERRALS. St. George’s Church Hall, Court Farm Road, Hove, BN3 7QR. Open Wednesdays from 12.30 to 2.30pm. Referral only for residents in Hangleton, Knoll and West Blatchington. Contact: 07990 631892 or

The Purple People Kitchen – Portslade Town Hall, Victoria Road, Portslade BN41 1YF. Open Fridays from midday to 2pm. Referral only, see Basic Banks website for referring agencies. Contact: 07789 765933 or

Shoreham Food Bank – St. John Ambulance building, Shoreham-By-Sea, BN43 6PA. Open Tuesdays from 10am to midday and Fridays from 4 to 6pm. Referral only, see list on website for referring agencies. Contact: 07708 384906 or


Brighton Food Bank STRUGGLING TO TAKE NEW REFERRALS. Calvary Church, Stanley Road, Brighton BN1 4NJ. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 3pm. Appointment and referral only service; see website for list of referring agencies. Contact: 01273 695330 or

Operating a parcel delivery service for current clients, but unlikely to be able to take new referrals at this time.

Faith Alive Ministries Food Bank – The BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton, BN1 4ZE. Open fortnightly Fridays from midday to 4pm. Referral only, for all types of students including families. Bring NUS Card. Food bank users can call and arrange to meet someone within 24 hours. Contact 07796716753 or

Voices in ExileTEMPORARILY CLOSED TO NEW REFERRALS. St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 2 Bristol Road, Brighton, BN2 1AP. Delivery only service for refugees, asylum-seekers and those with no recourse to public funds. Contact: or call advice line on 01273 082105, Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm, Thursdays 2-4pm, Fridays 11am-1pm

Tarner Children’s Centre – Ivory Place, Brighton, BN2 9QE. Open Thursdays from 9am onwards. Referral only, for local children under 5 years old and pregnant mothers. Contact: 01273 296700 or

Fresh Start Community Association – 131 Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3LG. Open Thursdays from 9am. Registered families only. Contact: 01273 602157 or

Mutual Aid Vegan Food Bank – The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JA.  Open Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm. No referral system, you can just turn up. All food is vegan but you do not need to be vegan to receive a parcel. Contact 01273 696104 for The Cowley Club or

If you’re involved in a food bank

Please see our advice for food banks page for information on our food banks and emergency food network.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss these issues further or if you have any suggestions for improving this guidance please get in touch with Helen on 01273 234810 or 07850 002596 or

Keep in touch

We send an email bulletin for advisors and professionals every two months to share our latest service schedules and details of food-related information and opportunities for clients.

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