Accessing emergency food parcels

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Get a referral

Local Discretionary Social Fund

The Local Discretionary Social Fund (LDSF) are offering additional support for those in need due to COVID and can help with getting food vouchers, other food access, fuel and financial assistance. They can also get you a foodbank referral. Call 01273 293 117.

Money Advice Plus

A charity offering free debt and benefits advice, money support services and help with getting a foodbank referral. Call the Moneyworks advice line on 0800 988 7037 or contact them via their website.


Food Banks and Community Food Hubs

Some of the city’s food banks require a referral from an organisation they trust (see above) and some you can contact directly. Please note, as well as food banks, there are various low-cost and free meal services offering delivery & takeaway options.

*If foodbanks are offering a delivery service, this is denoted in bold. Note that many delivery services are being phased down as restrictions loosen, so the foodbank may not be able to offer this service unless you are shielding due to being clinically vulnerable to coronavirus or can’t otherwise collect.

East

Brighton Table Tennis Club COLLECTION.  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

Bevendean Food BankDELIVERY* weekly on Wednesdays. For residents of Lower and High Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Meadow View and Lewes Road corridor.  Contact 07449 464695 or ankethurm@trustdevcom.org.uk

St George’s Community Market, Moulsecoomb – COLLECTION on Wednesdays 9:30-12:00pm. St. George’s Hall, 140 Newick Rd, BN1 9JG. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact 07449 464695 or ankethurm@trustdevcom.org.uk

Whitehawk Food BankCOLLECTION on Wednesdays from 10am – 2pm. Limited deliveries available for those shielding or with health conditions. Valley Social Centre, Whitehawk Way, BN2 5HE. You need to arrange your collection slot in advance. Referral only. Contact: 07941 397648 or info@thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk

The Vale Community Centre Food Bank at the EdgeDELIVERY*. 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. Contact: valecentrefoodbank@gmail.com.

Woodingdean Community Food Hub – DELIVERY*. Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean. Emergency food parcels for people in the Woodingdean area. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact: phil.holycross.woodingdean@gmail.com

 

North

Old Boat Corner Community CentreDELIVERY*. Weekly emergency food delivery for Hollingbury residents. Phone and email are answered between 10-12 Monday – Friday. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact: 07851 227924 or email helpatoldboat@gmail.com

The Gathering Place food bank – DELIVERY*. Hollingbury and Patcham. 1 Orchid View, Stanmer Heights, BN1 8GP. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact: Lynne Angel-Kerr 07921 458239 or email: lynangel.films@gmail.com

St Mary Magdalen’s Church, ColdeanDELIVERY*. Selham Drive, BN1 9EL. Deliveries covering Coldean on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact: 01273 601854 or email revbetsy@btinternet.com

 

West

Salvation Army Hove Food BankDELIVERY*.  159 Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3HD. Contact Andrew via phone: 07551 572205 or email: andrew.a.tinsley@salvationarmy.org.uk Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral.

The Purple People KitchenCOLLECTION ONLY. Portslade Town Hall, Victoria Road, Portslade BN41 1YF. Open Fridays from 12pm to 2pm. Referral only. Contact: 07789 765933 or grannyunderhill@gmail.com

Hangleton & West Blatchington Food BankPRE-ARRANGED COLLECTION ONLY. St George’s Church Hall, Court Farm Rd, Hove, BN3 7QR. Wednesdays from 11:30am to 2.30pm. Referral only for residents in Hangleton, Knoll and West Blatchington. See website for further details.

The Weald Allotments Community Fridge – COLLECTION. Limited deliveries available, please email to explain why delivery is needed. Weald Ave, Hove, BN3 7JN. Open Thursdays from 10:00 – 13:00. Anyone can take food from the fridge. Email: wealdallotments@gmail.com.

 

Central/Citywide

Brighton Food Bank – CAN NOW TAKE NEW REFERRALS AT A LIMITED CAPACITY. Calvary Church, Stanley Road, Brighton BN1 4NJ. Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3pm. Referral only service for deliveries and collections. Contact: 01273 695330 or foodbank@bhcm.org.uk

Brighton Women’s CentreCOLLECTION. 22 Richmond Place, BN2 9NA. Women can self-refer by emailing dropinservices@womenscentre.org.uk or by calling the helpline on 01273 698036 on Mondays 2-4pm, Wednesdays 2-4pm or Thursdays 10-12pm.

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 but we do signpost to local foodbanks and low cost food options. Open Tuesday – Thursday 2.30 – 4.30 for donations, collections & deliveries). Contact: 07502 305973 or email: brightonma19@gmail.com

BHCC Central Food Hub – DELIVERY*. Brighton Centre Syndicate Wing, Russell Road, Brighton BN1 2RU. Covering central wards: Hanover, Elm Grove, Queens Park, St Peters,  North Laine, Preston Park, Regency. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Contact BHCC Community Engagement Team: Communityengagement@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Salvation Army, Brighton Congress HallDELIVERY*. 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 Association Food HubCOLLECTION ONLY, but with limited deliveries available on Wednesdays for those who are shielding or with mobility issues. Meal delivery also available on Fridays for those with limited cooking facilities/specific health issues. 2 Phoenix Pl, Brighton BN2 9ND. Accepting self-referrals via email (preferred): residentsphoenix@gmail.com or phone 07942573549.

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

Children’s Centres

Children’s centres support families with children aged under 5 years-old and . There is a centralised service for referrals to all of the children’s centres – contact 01273 293 177 to be referred to any of the below:

Moulsecoomb Children & Families Centre – Hodshrove Lane, Brighton, BN2 4SE. Open Thursdays from 12.30pm onwards. Referral only. Contact: 01273 294040 or moulsecoombcc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Roundabout Children’s CentreDELIVERY* on Thursdays and Fridays. No visitors to centre except essential midwifery appointments. Whitehawk Road, Brighton, BN2 5FL. Referral only. Contact: 01273 290300 or roundaboutcc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tarner Children’s Centre – Ivory Place, Brighton, BN2 9QE. Open Thursdays from 9am onwards. Referral only. Contact: 01273 296700 or tarner.cc@brighton-hove.gov.uk

BME/BAME community

Black, Minority & Ethnic Community Partnership Food BankCOLLECTION from BMECP Centre on Fridays, 12pm – 3pm. Contact: juliet@bmecp.org.uk or 01273 600885. Referral form on website or call LDSF on 01273 293 117.

Brighton Cauldron – DELIVERY* for BME/BAME community in Central Brighton, Hove, Portslade and Patcham on Wednesdays. Contact: brightoncauldron@gmail.com or call: 07912869536

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

Voices in Exile – Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP. DELIVERY* 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

 

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 Food Bank – Shoreham Free Church, Buckingham Rd, BN43 6WF.  Open Tuesday and Friday mornings, 10am to 12noon. Referral only, see list on website for referring agencies. Contact: 07708 384906 or info@shoreham.foodbank.org.uk

Fishersgate Food Bank. The Lighthouse Church, St. Aubyns Road, Fishersgate, BN41 1PE. Open every Tuesday morning, 10am to 12pm. Contact: Fishersgatefoodbank@gmail.com

 

* Please note that many delivery services are being phased down as restrictions loosen, so the foodbank may not be able to offer this service unless you are shielding due to being clinically vulnerable to coronavirus or can’t otherwise collect.


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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