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.
Which Brighton and Hove food projects are accepting donations?
We 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Visit their crowdfund page.
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.
Donate to their Justgiving page.
Shoreham Food Bank
Providing emergency food to individuals and families
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
Individuals and families
Donations requested: long-life bread, cereal and porridge, rice/pasta/noodles, pasta sauce, tins of fish/ meat/ pulses/ veg/ fruit/ soup, tea, UHT milk, biscuits, long-life fruit juice or squash, toilet rolls, soap or dog & cat food (they cannot accept chilled food).
Please ring Sim (07774 644375) to arrange to drop off a donation at the Edge Community Centre, Pankhurst Avenue.
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 26 Upper Bedford street, Brighton, BN2 1J, Tuesday 12-3pm, or Friday afternoons. Please contact email@example.com 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 Hungry at Home campaign supports the citywide emergency food hub and purchases food in bulk for food banks across the city. See the Hungry at Home JustGiving page here.
We are also collecting egg boxes for repackaging wholesale egg deliveries into food parcels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop-0ff or collection.
Thank you for your support!