Where to donate during COVID-19

Our guide on where you can make food or monetary donations to support people in Brighton and Hove affected by the spread of coronavirus.

Before the spread of the coronavirus, Brighton & Hove’s emergency food network included 13 projects distributing 420 parcels a week. As of July 2020, 45 projects were supporting 3,200 adults and 1,300 children with food parcels and 2,385 people with cooked meals a week. This level of support has been made possible as a result of generous donations.

Food banks need donations of shopping trolleys and face masks

Some food banks are asking if anyone has any spare shopping trolleys at home that they could donate to their local food bank.  They’re the kind of cloth trolleys that can help get your shopping home.  This would really help local people be able to transport their food (especially in the hilly areas!) as a lot of food banks are moving back to asking people to collect food rather than delivering it.

Food banks asking for shopping trolleys are: Hangleton Food Bank, Phoenix Community Hub and Vale Community Centre Food Bank. Please contact them directly to arrange a good time to drop off.

A lot of food banks are also asking if anyone can donate face masks to help people who cannot afford to buy any. If you are able to donate any masks, please contact your local food bank direct.

We need egg boxes

We are sending eggs out each week in emergency food parcels across the city.  We are in need of egg boxes to help distribute eggs to each household.  We are unable to offer a collection service but you can do the following to help:

  • Start saving your egg boxes each weekfood hub volunteer
  • Collect egg boxes from other people on your street
  • Choose one of the following locations and arrange a drop-off:

AgeUK (It is a non-contact drop off, please leave the boxes inside of the automatic door)
They are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
29 Prestonville Road, Brighton, BN1 3TJ

Brighton Centre Syndicate Wing
Russell Rd, Brighton BN1 2RL
Email hub@bhfood.org.uk or call 07720738854 for delivery Monday – Wednesday only.

East Brighton Drop off
Flat 7, 11 Chichester Terrace, BN2 1FG
Please leave on doorstep if nobody is home

Hove Drop off
34a St Aubyns (Basement Flat), Hove, BN3 2TD
please just leave in bag on doorstep

Which Brighton and Hove food projects are accepting donations?

food hub in actionWe are often contacted by people wanting to make donations, but who are not  sure how or who to donate to. In response we’ve created this listing of local food banks and cookery projects looking for support.

These amazing projects and their volunteers have worked hard throughout the crisis to provide hot meals and food parcels to people who are struggling to access food, click on the links below to learn more about them.

We will continue to update this list as regularly as we can.

If you can’t see your local food bank on this list, check out our directory here for citywide listings and further information.


Projects Accepting Donations

Ageing Well

Vital support for people 50+
Visit their donation page.

 

Brighton Food Bank Team

Food parcel service for families and individuals. They are accepting limited food donations, contact must be made in advance of dropping food at the door. Please contact them first on 01273 695330, or by e-mailing foodbank@bhcm.org.uk.

Collection points 1pm-4pm: Mondays at The Ascension Church, Westdene and Friday at St John’s Church, in Preston Village.

Their preferred way to receive donations is through their crowdfund. They are part of Brighton and Hove City Mission, all money donated on this page goes directly to the food bank.

 

Brighton Mutual Aid 

For anyone needing help in Brighton and Hove. They set up many neighbourhood groups to support residents during lockdown and are running a foodbank from Knoyle Hall.

You can help to provide essentials for the foodbank through their crowdfund and see a full list of items needed for donation here.

 

Bevendean Foodbank

Offering food parcels for individuals and families. Visit their donation page.

 

Brighton Table Tennis Club

Providing food parcels and cooked meals to around 500 people each week. Visit the campaign page on their website.

 

Chomp

Children and family support. Requested donations: toiletries, tins, colouring books, paper, glue sticks and colouring pens. Bring to One Church, Florence Road, Brighton BN1 6DL on Thursdays and Fridays, 12-3pm.

During half-term, Chomp are sending out electronic food vouchers to all the children they work with who receive free school meals – around 200 families. Vouchers are worth £15 per child.

Children in receipt of free school meals can be signed up via email: chomp@onechurchbrighton.org Please send the child’s name, contact number, contact email address or if they don’t have an email address, their home address.

Donate to the campaign via their JustGiving page.

 

East Brighton Food Coop

Can take food donations at our Robert Lodge kitchen or can arrange collection. Details for making monetary donations can be found here.

 

Real Junk Food Project Brighton

The Real Junk Food Project  is a national and international movement of cafes, projects and pop-ups with one core objective: To intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. They operate at several locations in the city.

You can donate and become a patron at this page.

 

Salvation Army

Providing food and essential items to people in Hove. They have a deposit box for food donations at their Conway Street branch, which is open on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings from 10am.

Two supermarket collection baskets are located at:

  • Sainsbury’s Local, Portland Road, Hove
  • The Cooperative Food Hove, 268-272 Portland Road, Hove.

You can also donate to their Justgiving page.

 

Shoreham Food Bank

Providing emergency food to individuals and families in Shoreham. Donations of ambient food items, tins and packets (no fresh foods like bread, cakes or eggs etc) are welcome at their Distribution Centre in the Shoreham Free Church Hall, Buckingham Road, just north of the railway crossing gates at Shoreham Station. Tuesday and Friday mornings, 10am-12pm.

Financial donations can be made with electronic transfer of cheques as shown on their website page.

 

Vale Community Centre Food Bank

Support for individuals and families. Donations requested: cereal, porridge, tinned fish/meat/veg/fruit, tea, UHT milk, biscuits, long-life fruit juice or squash, toilet rolls, toiletries, soap, pet food – they cannot accept chilled food.
Please contact Amy on 07423 838 429 if you wish to drop off any supplies at the Vale Community Centre, Hadlow Close, Bn2 0FH between 12:30 and 15:30 on Fridays.

If you would like to donate money, please contact the project directly to arrange.

Voices in Exile

Food bank for refugees, asylum-seekers with no recourse to public funds. Requested donations: pasta/ lentils/ rice, dried or canned foods (tuna, sardines, tomatoes, fruits, chickpeas, olives etc), cooking oils, salt, pepper, spices, tea, coffee, sugar, long life milk, toiletries male & female, toothbrush/ toothpaste, shampoo /conditioner, body wash, soap, nappies, baby formula/ wipes, period products (pads NOT tampons), toilet roll, tissues, cleaning products.

Drop off at 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP and best times to drop off food are Tuesday’s 11-1pm, Thursday’s 10-1pm and Friday’s 12-3pm. Please contact administrator@voicesinexile.org or 01273 328598 to arrange.

Donate to their fundraising campaign.

 

Whitehawk Crew Club

East Brighton children, teens and families.

Donate on their website.

 

If are looking to make a general donation:

Our work supports the citywide emergency food hub and purchases food in bulk for food banks across the city. Donations are always welcome – find out how to donate here.

We are also collecting egg boxes for repackaging wholesale egg deliveries into food parcels. Contact info@bhfood.org.uk to arrange a drop-off or collection.

 

Thank you for your support!

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