Accessing emergency food parcels

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This page is about how to refer to get emergency food 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.

Brighton & Hove City Council emergency food advice line

Residents can contact the council directly if they need help to access emergency food during the coronavirus pandemic by filling in an easy to use form online. People can also fill in the form for someone they know who is in this situation and can’t get online themselves. The form asks for details of who needs help and what support is required. The information is treated in strictest confidence and used to help people as quickly as possible.

This council service will refer to food banks and wider support, as well as the Local Discretionary Social Fund which provides vouchers for supermarket food and white goods.

Please  use the online forms wherever possible to keep the lines free for those who have no alternative.

The emergency help telephone number is 01273 293117.


Food Banks and Community Food Hubs

Some of the city’s food banks require a referral from an organisation they trust, some you can contact direct.  You can get a referral from the B & H Council using the form above. Please note, as well as food banks, there are various low-cost and free meal services offering delivery & takeaway options.

East

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project 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.

Brighton Table Tennis Club COLLECTION ONLY.  The Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP.
Contact: info@brightontabletennisclub.com or 01273 670145

Bevendean Food BankDELIVERIES weekly on Weds. For people living in Lower and High Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Meadow View and Lewes Road corridor.  Contact 07449 464695 or ankethurm@trustdevcom.org.uk

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 moulsecoombcc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Whitehawk Food BankDELIVERIES on Weds & Fri. 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 info@thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk

Roundabout Children’s CentreDELIVERIES on Thursdays and Fridays. No visitors to centre except essential midwifery appointments. Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5FL. Referral only through health visitor, parent line to school nursing, Family Information Service or social worker. For local families with children under 5. Contact: 01273 290300 or roundaboutcc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

The Vale Community Centre Food Bank at the EdgeDELIVERIES. Can provide help with shopping if you can’t leave home. The Edge Community Centre, BN2 9AD. Covers Monument View, Craven Vale and Bakers Bottom and the Pankhurst Estate. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: Sim – 07774 644375 or email valecentrefoodbank@gmail.com.

Woodingdean Community Food Hub – DELIVERIES Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean. Emergency food parcels for people in the Woodingdean area. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact phil.holycross.woodingdean@gmail.com

Saltdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean Food Hub – DELIVERIES across east and west Saldean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean.
Contact: 07946 342 903 or email bridget@bridgetbythesea.com

North

Old Boat Corner Community CentreDELIVERIES of emergency food parcels once a week to Hollingbury residents. The phone and email will be answered between 10-12 Monday – Friday. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline).
Contact: 07851 227924 or email helpatoldboat@gmail.com

The Gathering Place food bank – DELIVERIES. Hollingbury and Patcham. 1 Orchid View, Stanmer Heights, BN1 8GP. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: Lynne Angel-Kerr 07921 458239 or email: lynangel.films@gmail.com

St Mary Magdalen’s Church, ColdeanDELIVERIES. Selham Drive, BN1 9EL. Deliveries covering Coldean on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: 01273 601854 or email revbetsy@btinternet.com

Hollingdean Food Hub – DELIVERIES. Thompson Road, Hollingdean BN1 7BH. Covers Hollingdean, Saunders Park and Fiveways. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: hollingdeanfoodhub@gmail.com

West

Salvation Army Hove Food BankDELIVERIES  159 Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3HD. They prefer to do deliveries at the moment.  Contact via phone and email: 07551 572205 or andrew.a.tinsley@salvationarmy.org.uk

The Purple People KitchenCOLLECTION ONLY 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 grannyunderhill@gmail.com

Hangleton & West Blatchington Food BankDELIVERIES – weekly on Wednesdays from 12.00 to 2.00pm. Referral only for residents in Hangleton, Knoll and West Blatchington. Contact: 07990 631892 or info@hangletonfoodbank.org

The Weald Allotments Community Fridge – DELIVERIES AND COLLECTION – Weald Ave, Hove, BN3 7JN. Open Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 – 13:00. Anyone can take surplus from the fridge. To register for food bag delivery (supermarket surplus plus fresh organic produce from our allotment site) email: wealdallotments@gmail.com.

Central/Citywide

CHOMP deliver a fruit/veg/craft box to families with children entitled to free school meals or families on low incomes who are particularly struggling to feed their families during this time. Email chomp@onechurchbrighton.org or phone 07955 597880.

Brighton Food Bank CAN NOW TAKE NEW REFERRALS AT A LIMITED CAPACITY. Calvary Church, Stanley Road, Brighton BN1 4NJ. Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 3pm. Appointment and referral only service; see website for list of referring agencies. Contact: 01273 695330 or foodbank@bhcm.org.uk

Balfour Mutual Aid Food Bank – St John’s Church Community Hall, Knoyle Road, BN1 6RB – COLLECTION & DELIVERY service for anyone in Brighton & Hove. Referral not needed and no eligibility questions asked. Open Monday-Thursday 2.30 – 3.30 (donations) and 3.30 – 4.30 (food collections & deliveries). Contact: 07502 305973 or email: brightonma19@gmail.com

BHCC Central Food Hub – DELIVERIES. Brighton Centre Syndicate Wing, Russell Road, Brighton BN1 2RU. Covering central wards: Hanover, Elm Grove, Queens Park, St Peters,  North Laine, Preston Park, Regency. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact BHCC Community Engagement Team: Communityengagement@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Salvation Army, Brighton Congress HallDELIVERIES. 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HD. Deliveries Monday to Friday around central Brighton. Contact: 01273 607095 or email brighton.congresshall@salvationarmy.org.uk

Phoenix Community CentreDELIVERIES. 2 Phoenix Pl, Brighton BN2 9ND. Deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Albion Street, Phoenix Rise, Tamplin Terrace, Phoenix Place, Newhaven Street, Malthouse Lane, Richmond Terrace, Lower Albion Hill , Newhaven Estate. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: 07411 251969 or email residentsphoenix@gmail.com

Florence Road MarketDELIVERIES. Covers the area from The Open Market to Varndean, Preston Park to Lewes Road. To get food, fill online form or call 01273 293117 (BHCC helpline). Contact: florenceroadmarket@gmail.com

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 tarner.cc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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

Specific Groups

BME/BAME community

Black, Minority & Ethnic Community Partnership Food BankPICK UP from BMECP Centre On Fridays  12 – 3pm. Contact juliet@bmecp.org.uk 01273 600885. Referral form on website.

Brighton Cauldron – DELIVERIES for BME/BAME community in Hove, Portslade and Patcham on Weds.  Contact brightoncauldron@gmail.com 07912869536

Refugees, asylum-seekers & those with no recourse to public funds

Voices in Exile – 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: Advice@voicesinexile.org or call advice line on 01273 082105, Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm, Thursdays 2-4pm, Fridays 11am-1pm

Vegan

Mutual Aid Vegan Food BankCOLLECTION. 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 mutualaidveganfoodbank@gmail.com

Carers

The Carers Centre – DELIVERIES on Thursdays. Referral criteria – must have an unpaid caring role for a family member or friend who has a chronic illness, physical disability, mental health condition or substance misuse issue – and they cannot get food from another source.  Use the online form to refer.

Outside Brighton & Hove

SCDA Foodbank – Seahaven, Peacehaven & Newhaven

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

Peacehaven residents can request support online by filling out this form.

Shoreham Foodbank

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 info@shoreham.foodbank.org.uk

Fishersgate Food Bank

Email: Fishersgatefoodbank@gmail.com

 


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 helen@bhfood.org.uk

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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