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How to access local foodbanks in Brighton and Hove

The rising cost of food is increasingly visible, but for those households with very low income it can often be a daily struggle to provide adequate sustenance for themselves and their family.

More people are turning to foodbanks for help during this cost of living crisis and although some of the larger more recognised establishments do require referrals to use their foodbank facilities, other smaller local organisations do offer support without referral, meaning they are more accessible to those within their local community. In some cases the only eligibility criteria is that you need to live within a designated catchment area, so you just need proof of address.

We have drawn up a list of local foodbanks which may be available to you. These are all facilities which have food and toiletries for collection. Where specified, you need to call ahead.  To help, we have ordered them by location so you can check postcodes and description.

Bevendean Food Bank (Bevendean)

Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.00pm. Church Hall, Norwich Drive, Brighton, BN2 4LA. This is for residents of  Lower and High Bevendean, Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Meadow View and Lewes Road corridor. Referral preferred but not essential.

Tel: 07856 408522 Email:

St John Baptist Church (Kemptown)

Mondays 11.00am – 12.00pm . St John the Baptist, 2 Bristol Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1AP, UK. For those in need, whether of faith, different faith or no faith.

Tel: 01273 087 839 Email:

Brighton Women’s Centre Food Bank (Kemptown)

Wednesdays 2.00pm – 3.45pm, St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton . For any identifying woman in Brighton. Pre booked appointment required.

Telephone: 07842 311 406 (phone line open Weds – Thurs 10.00am – 12.00pm)                                       Email:

Sussex Surplus (Bristol Estate/Whitehawk/Royal Sussex County hospital)

Community fridge Tuesday – Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm. Bristol Estate Community Room, Donald Hall Road, Brighton, UK. Fresh and ambient food for collection from community fridge. Drop in welcome.

Tel: 01273 675 741 Contact,

Woodingdean Community Food Hub (Woodingdean)

Friday 9:30am – 11:30am. The Parish Room, Church of the Holy Cross. Downsway, Brighton BN2 6BD, UK. For Woodingdean residents. Register on first visit (£1) with small cost of £3.50 for subsequent visits (if you are able to).

Tel: 01273 681593 Email:

The Pantry at St Mary Magdalen’s Church (Coldean)

Mondays & Wednesdays 9.30am – 11.30am. St Mary Magdalen Church, Coldean, Brighton, UK. For Coldean residents whether they are of faith, different faith or no faith who are facing financial difficulties.

Tel: 01273 601 854 or 07842608911 Email:

Case  (Hollingdean)

Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Case, Crestway Parade, The Crestway, Brighton BN1 7BL. Hot meals & food parcels for local residents. Must meet criteria and proof of address needed and pre booked apppintment. Phone: 01273 540717 – Tues, Weds, Fri (10-4), Thurs (10-3).

Old Boat Corner Community Centre   (Carden Hill, Hollingbury, Patcham)

Pantry: free/by donation. Monday – Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm Carden Hill, Brighton BN1 8GN. Telephone: 01273 540779 Email:

Salvation Army Hove Food Bank   (Hove)

Make an appointment by Wednesday midday for collection on the Friday. Conway Street, Hove BN3 3LA. For local residents. Referral preferred but not essential.

Tel: 07551572205 Email:

Weald Allotments Community Fridge   (Old Shoreham Road, Hove, Aldrington)

Thursday 10.00am – 12.00pm Sunday from 10.00am (usually for around an hour depending on volunteer availability) .

Email: Roz Watson and Jane Moffat Email:


Phoenix Food Hub  (The Level, St Peters Church)

Thursdays from 12.00pm.  2 Phoenix Pl, Brighton BN2 9ND. This is for residents of Phoenix estate, Hanover and Tarner estate.

Tel: 01273 389964 Email:

Mutual Aid Vegan Food Bank (The Level, St Peters Church, London Road)

Tuesdays from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. 52 Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE. All food is vegan but non-vegans are welcome.


Saltdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean food bank

Open every day. Collection by prior appointment only. Food bank for local Saltdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean residents. Tel: 07946 342 903 Email:

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so if you would like to share details of any other no referral foodbanks, please contact us in Student Advice.

Likewise, if you have made links with a different foodbank and you need a referral from us, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we can help with this.

Student Advice Service


Helen Abrahams • February 3, 2023

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