Rather than get overwhelmed with all the commercial gimmickry that dominates Christmas these days; how about donating some food, money or your valuable time to help a good cause?
We have collated information from the food banks and other providers in the city so that you know where you can go.
Fancy donating to a food bank near you?
Look at our directory to find the one nearest to you. We asked food banks what they most wanted in terms of donations and this is their wish list:
Food banks wish list:
- Tea, coffee and sugar
- Tinned meat/fish
- Fresh meat/fish
- Meals in a tin
- Tinned tomatoes, beans, spaghetti, vegetables, fruit
- Toiletries, nappies & feminine hygiene products
- Washing powder & cleaning products
- Gluten-free products
- Halal food
- Christmas treats
- Lentils, beans, pulses
- UHT milk
- Fruit juice
Some food banks have their own shopping list. Check out this great video from Whitehawk Food Bank about their 12 days of Christmas campaign and their shopping list here. Brighton Voices in Exile are always looking for chickpeas, red lentils (dry or tinned), pulses, pasta and tinned fruit. Brighton Food Bank have their own list.
Other donation options
There are donation points in lots of supermarkets and there is a new donation point at Hove Town Hall in the Tisbury Road Offices. Have you heard about the Hygiene Bank? They are collecting donations of hygiene products and sanitary protection to give to food banks to help combat period poverty. They have a donation point at WasteNot at the Open Market and at Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road.
Brighton & Hove Green Party are collecting for a reverse advent calendar to donate to food banks. You can drop items off to their main office.
Chomp is delivering Christmas hampers to families in food poverty. They are in need of donations for the hampers by the 17th December. Email Chomp with any questions. Here is a list of items they need for the hampers:
- Non-perishable food items
- Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolate and cake
- Crackers (for cheese) and biscuits
- Crisps and nuts
- Jam or chutney
- Tinned fruit
- Tea and coffee
- Fruit drinks – belvoir, shloer
- Christmas crackers
- Soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand creams, toothbrushes
- Small gifts for children
William Collier House a YMCA homeless hostel is asking people to donate a Christmas present to their residents. They have a wish-list here so you know what to get. They are also looking for help in providing a Christmas meal for the 94 residents. Are you a local business or resident that could supply some pre-cooked food? Contact Stephanie Auckland if you are interested.
Brighton Oasis Project has launched a Christmas appeal to raise funds to support their work with people with drug and alcohol problems.
Donate a meal
Brighton Night Shelter is looking for people to cook food for about 30 people (roughly 25 meat-eaters and 5 vegetarian) they don’t have cooking facilities so you would need to bring pre-cooked to the centre. They would also be happy for people to donate cakes and desserts. They also need volunteer drivers who can pick up surplus.
Donate your time
Community Works has information about volunteer opportunities over Christmas. The Love Activists Street Kitchen at the Clocktower is open on 23, 24, 25th December and seeking volunteers. They also run a hot water bottle network to fill and distribute bottles to people on the streets.
The Surplus Food Network needs volunteers to help redistribute food at all times of the year.
Hungry over Christmas?
A lot of the food banks will be closed over Christmas, so if you need to access emergency food here is a list of what is available – Emergency Food Opening times over Christmas 2018. Please note that referrals are still needed for the food banks, you cannot just turn up.
Sussex Homeless Support will be serving out food at the Clocktower on Sun 23rd, Mon 24th, Tues 25th, and Wed 26th December.
Christmas shared meals
Hove Methodist Church
HMC provide a free Christmas Lunch and entertainment for anyone who would otherwise be on their own. Transport can also be provided depending on location. Guests arrive around 12.30 and leave 3.30/4pm. If you know anyone who would like to join us please contact the office via phone or email, details below to book a place.
Phone 01273 324600
Closing date for transport Friday 14th December 2018. Free transport in BN3 and BN41.
Time to Talk Befriending
Christmas Meal Delivery
Homemade Christmas meal delivered by a volunteer who will also stay for a short time for befriending. This is available citywide for up to 100 people. First come, first served. RSVP essential – please see attached RSVP External Partners 2018.
Time to Talk & Hove Park
Christmas Meal at Hove Park Valley Campus
Christmas day meal at Hove Park School Valley Campus. A collaborative event between the school and Time to Talk Befriending. 50 people max – transport can be provided. First come first served. RSVP External Partners 2018.
St Mary’s Kemptown
Tuesday, 25 December 2018, 10am
Christmas Day – Sung Eucharist & Lunch
Everyone is welcome. Following our service, we will have a simple, shared lunch; anyone who finds themselves at a loose end on Christmas Day is invited to join in.
Please call or email ahead as there is limited availability. Contact the Church on 01273 698601 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or want to add anything to this list. Please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on email@example.com or ring 07850 002596.