Health and Adult Social Care

Brighton Food Bank

A local food bank serving local individuals and families who are experiencing financial crisis. You will require a referral from one of the 50 citywide agencies that they work with. Once referred, you will receive an appointment for your first food parcel and an initial assessment as to the severity of the crisis.

Depending on your income, benefits, and number of dependents, you will then receive a fixed amount of weekly food parcels for the consecutive weeks. In addition to this, home start up packs can be provided for those moving into new accommodation.

See the website for more information regarding how to be referred.

Brighton Unemployed Centre - Food Project

The Brighton Unemployed Centre is run by volunteers. As part of their work, the volunteers cook a healthy vegan lunch every weekday, costing £1.50 for a large and 60p for a small portion. There is also a Tea Bar which is open from 10am till 4pm serving hot and cold drinks from 30p. Sometimes it is run by volunteers and sometimes it is self-service.


Hangleton & West Blatchington food bank

We are local service aiming to help anyone who is in urgent need of food.  We offer both fresh food and grocery staples, toiletries, sanitary products and resources for young children like nappies.  There are hot drinks available and usually some lunch.  We are open 12-2 every Wednesday.

If you would like to access the Foodbank you will need a referral.   This can be from someone you are already linked to for example a Health Visitor, Social Worker, Housing Officer or Advice agency.  Alternatively you can ask staff at the Hangleton Community Centre or Staff from the Hangleton and Knoll Project who are based at St Richards Community Centre on the Knoll estate.  

More information and a referral form can be found on the website.  If you have any concerns about access please send us an email so we can see how best to support you to come along. 

The Purple People Kitchen

A local food bank for residents in Portslade and West Hove struggling to feed themselves or their family. Proof of post code is required in the form of a utility or council tax bill and applicants must have a referral from Social Services, the YMCA and other similar agencies. Every Friday from 12pm till 2pm.

See the website for more details about referring agencies.

The Whitehawk Foodbank

A local food bank providing three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to people in Whitehawk and the wider East Brighton area who are referred to them in crisis.

If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table call or email the food bank and they will talk through your situation. They will put you in touch with a relevant local agency who can supply you with a foodbank voucher. You can then visit one of the local centres and exchange your foodbank voucher for a parcel of three days of emergency food.