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. Get in contact via Foodbanks@moneyadviceplus.org.uk or call 08081 963 699 and ask for Nick, Julia or Heather.


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 and community markets offering affordable weekly shopping.

*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

Bevendean Food BankCOLLECTION 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

Moulsecoomb Community Market – COLLECTION on Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pmSt. George’s Hall, Newick Rd, BN1 9JG. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral. Text 07925523924 or email kate.knight@brighton-hove.gov.uk. Open to residents of Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Bates Estate. Pay a small, weekly membership fee to shop for a fixed number of fresh and cupboard items.

Whitehawk Food BankCOLLECTION on Wednesdays from 11am – 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 Craven Vale Food Bank – COLLECTION on Friday 1pm-3pm. Only for residents in the Vale Estate area. No referral needed but contact 01273 571573 beforehand. The Vale Community Centre – 17A Hadlow Close, Brighton BN2 0FH. Limited deliveries available for those shielding or with health conditions. 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

Saltdean Food Hub – COLLECTION by arrangement. Saltdean Park Road, Saltdean, BN2 8SP. Emergency food parcels for people in Saltdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean. Open for collections every day from 9am – 9pm. Collections must be arranged via Cllr Bridget Fishleigh bridget@bridgetbythesea.com or 07946 342 903. Call LDSF on 01273 293 117 for referral.

North

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

Hollingdean Food Bank, Trussel Trust Network – COLLECTION. Mondays 11am-4pm. St. Richards Church, Beale Crescent, BN1 7BU. Referral only. Contact info@hollingdean.foodbank.org.uk

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

CASECOLLECTION. Food and basic necessities (i.e. sanitary, cleaning and toiletry products) for those in need at the door. Available from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday at CASE Central 4, Crestway Parade, Hollingdean, Brighton BN1 7BL. Phone: 01273 540717.

The Old Boat Corner Community CentreCOLLECTION. Community Pantry open 9-5 every day for people to help themselves with optional donation. For info please contact info.oldboat@gmail.com or 01273 540779.

West

Salvation Army Hove Food BankCOLLECTION by appointment. Conway Street, Hove, BN3 3LA. Contact Drew via 07551 572205 or email andrew.a.tinsley@salvationarmy.org.uk, by Wednesday 12 noon for an appointment on Friday. 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 Villas Foodbank – COLLECTION. 21/23 Clarendon Villas, Hove, BN3 3RE. Mondays 10am-12pm. Referral form: https://bit.ly/2Rs9Yiu. Contact villasfoodbank@weareemmanuel.com or 07396 685933.

The Weald Allotments Community Fridge – Weald Ave, Hove, BN3 7JN. Open Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 – 12:00. Anyone can take food from the fridge. Email: wealdallotments@gmail.com.

Central/Citywide

Brighton Food Bank – COLLECTION WITH LIMITED DELIVERIES. Calvary Church Building, Stanley Road, Brighton BN1 4NJ. Open Monday to Wednesday from 10.00am to 4pm. Referral only service for collections – limited delivery option available. Contact: 01273 695330 option 2 or foodbank@bhcm.org.uk.

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families ProjectCOLLECTION. One off emergency parcels on the same day for people in crisis.  Tuesday – Friday.  No referral necessary. Call 01273 601 211 prior to arrange or email food.project@bucfp.org for more info.

Brighton Women’s Centre –  COLLECTION. 61 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1PR. Women can self-refer by emailing support@womenscentre.org.uk or by calling the helpline on 07842 311 406 on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10-12pm.

Clarendon Foodbank – COLLECTION. The Clarendon Centre, 47 New England Street, Brighton. BN1 4GQ (rear of building). Thursdays 10am-12pm. Referral form: https://bit.ly/38Ncjd8. Contact 07396685933 or clarendonfoodbank@weareemmanuel.com.

Salvation Army, Brighton Congress HallCOLLECTION. 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HD. Referral needed and then collection arranged by appointment. Contact: 01273 607095 or email brighton.congresshall@salvationarmy.org.uk

Phoenix Community Association Food Hub (Referrals for Phoenix residents only) – COLLECTION 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

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

Specific Groups

Children’s Centres

Children’s centres support families with children aged under 5 years-old and pregnant mothers. There is a centralised service for referrals to all of the children’s centres in Brighton and Hove – contact 01273 293 177 for a referral.

There is a food delivery service every Thursday from Tarner Children’s Centre. Email ChildrensCentreReferrals@brighton-hove.gov.uk or Tel:01273-296700 for a referral to this service.

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 us on info@bhfood.org.uk or 01273 234810.

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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