Since 1849 missionaries have worked within the different communities of Brighton and Hove caring for both individuals and families who are poor and vulnerable. We would regularly help feed many people across the city, and in 2000, inspired by Southampton City Mission, we started what is now known as the Brighton Food Bank.
The Brighton Food Bank exists to serve local people, both individuals and families, who are experiencing financial crisis. Each client requires a referral from one of the 50 citywide agencies that we work with. Once referred, they will receive an appointment for their first food parcel and an initial assessment as to the severity of the crisis. Depending on their income, benefits, and number of dependents, the clients will then receive a fixed amount of weekly food parcels for the consecutive weeks. In addition to this, we provide home start up packs for those moving into new accommodation. This is a unique service provided by our Brighton Food Bank which contains the essential homeware and utensils needed for people to set up home. We also offer help and support through our fuel aid service; for families who have to choose between feeding their family or heating their home. The fuel aid provision is only given in exceptional circumstances.
Serving the City, Church and Christ
In response to the needs of our city the Brighton Food Bank was one of the first ‘food banks’ to be set up in the United Kingdom, existing before many of the nationwide services that have come into being. We have had the privilege of offering advice to those who are setting up new ‘food banks’. We serve the local church by providing a network forum for faith based ‘food banks’ in the city. Volunteers from many different churches are able to receive training to work in one of the ‘food banks’ in the Brighton and Hove area. We serve Christ by providing each client with the opportunity to explore the Christian faith.
Referral Forms and Donations
If you are a client looking to use the Brighton Food Bank, you must be referred by an agency. If you are not connected to an agency and don’t have a key worker, the Brighton Unemployed Centre Family Project may be able to help you. You don’t need to have a family to be referred by them.
If you are an agency looking to refer a client to the Brighton Food Bank, please call 01273 695330, and ask them for the referral form (we may require more information before sending the form). If you are not sure which food bank to refer to, the Brighton Food Partnership can help you.