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Food banks and free emergency food in Newcastle

If you are struggling to afford to eat, food banks or charities may be able to help. There are a number of places that give free food to those who need it most in Newcastle.

What is a Food bank?

Food banks give emergency food parcels to people who are in crisis. They are usually run by volunteers. You will need to be referred to a Food Bank by an agency and given a food bank voucher. There are a number of places in Newcastle where you can get a food parcel in an emergency. Emergency food parcels usually contain dried or tinned food that you can cook at home to make meals.

Free food parcels in Newcastle on:

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Sundays

Opening times over bank holidays, Christmas and New Year will be different. Check the organisation’s website to find out when they are open over the holiday period.

Many churches and faith groups offer food, run drop-in cafes, or give food parcels. Contact your local place of worship to find out if they offer food.

Looking for a hot meal? Volunteers and charities offer free or cheap meals in Newcastle.


Mondays

Name What’s available How to use the service
Newcastle West End Foodbank

Address: The Venerable Bede Church, West Road, NE4 8AQ

Email: ceo.wefb@gmail.com

Telephone: 07580 751365

Opening Times: 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm

Emergency food parcel which gives 3 days of nutritionally balanced food. Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Connect25 Foodbank

Address: Connect25 Food Bank, NE6 2AR

Email:

Tel: 0797 647 9111

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm

Emergency food parcel delivery to those who need it in Byker and Newcastle. Referral needed.

If a referral is received before 12pm, food parcels are delivered the same day.

You can complete a referral form on their website. You can have 3 food parcels a year.

*Due to the loss of their van, the food deliveries may be affected*

Address: St Vincent’s Blackfriars @ The Ouseburn, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Opening Times: 10am to 1.30pm

1 emergency food parcel

Free hot meals, clothing and toiletries also available

The food bank is an emergency only during their café opening times.

You can have 1 emergency parcel. If more parcels are needed a letter of request is needed.

Tuesdays

Name What’s available How to use the service
Newcastle West End Foodbank

Address: The Foodbank Centre, Benwell Lane, NE15 6NG

Email: ceo.wefb@gmail.com

Opening Times: 10am to 4pm

3 days of emergency food Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Cornerstone

Address:  62 Armstrong Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7TU

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Opening Times:  9:30 to 3:30pm

Emergency food parcel Open access including self- referral.

Address: St Vincent’s Blackfriars @ The Ouseburn, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Opening Times: 10am to 1.30pm

1 emergency food parcel

Free hot meals, clothing and toiletries also available

The food bank is an emergency only during their café opening times.

You can have 1 emergency parcel. If more parcels are needed a letter of request is needed.

Wednesdays

Name What’s available How to use the service
Newcastle East Foodbank

Address: Elim Church, The Dream Centre, Heaton Road, NE6 1SB

Email: info@newcastleeast.foodbank.org

Telephone: 0191 224 2422

Opening Times: 10am to 12.30pm

Emergency food parcel Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Newcastle West End Foodbank

Address: The Food Bank Centre, Benwell, NE15 6NG

Email:

Opening Times: 10am to 4pm

3 days of emergency food Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Cornerstone

Address:  62 Armstrong Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7TU

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Opening Times:  9:30 to 3:30pm

Emergency food parcel Open access including self- referral.

Address: St Vincent’s Blackfriars @ The Ouseburn, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Opening Times: 10am to 1.30pm 

1 emergency food parcel

Free hot meals, clothing and toiletries also available

The food bank is an emergency only during their café opening times.

You can have 1 emergency parcel. If more parcels are needed a letter of request is needed.

Thursdays

Name What’s available How to use the service
Walker and District Foodbank

Address: 25 Church Walk, NE6 3DP

Telephone: 07517 846 366

Opening Times: 11am to 1.30pm

Emergency food parcel Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Newcastle West End Foodbank

Address: The Food Bank Centre, Benwell, NE15 6NG

Email:

Opening Times: 10 am to 12pm

and 2pm to 4pm

3 days of emergency food Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Cornerstone

Address:  62 Armstrong Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7TU

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Opening Times:  11am to 12pm

Food parcel available once a month. Just to turn up. No referral needed.

They will refer you to the West End Food Bank if you need further food parcels.

Address: St Vincent’s Blackfriars @ The Ouseburn, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Opening Times: 10am to 1.30pm

1 emergency food parcel

Free hot meals, clothing and toiletries also available

The food bank is an emergency only during their café opening times.

You can have 1 emergency parcel. If more parcels are needed a letter of request is needed.

Fridays

Name What’s available How to use the service
Newcastle East Foodbank

Address: Elim Church, The Dream Centre, Heaton Road, NE6 1SB

Email: info@newcastleeast.foodbank.org

Telephone: 0191 224 2422

Opening Times: 10am to 12.30pm

Emergency food parcel Referral needed.

Contact the Foodbank to find details of organisations that can refer you and give you a food bank voucher such as the Citizens Advice Newcastle.

You are then given a food bank voucher to swap for emergency food at the food bank.

Sundays

Name What’s available How to use the service
The Muslim Initiative

Address: Angelou Centre, 17 Brighton Grove, Fenham, NE4 5NS

Email:

Opening Times: The first Sunday of every month from 2pm to 3pm

Food parcel

Rice, pasta, tins and jars of food.

No referral needed. You can turn up or email beforehand to let them know you are coming.

Available to anyone in need, regardless of faith or non-belief.

You will be asked the reason why you are in need. You will need to provide proof of your address.

 

The services listed on this page are provided by organisations independent to the council. We update this information regularly, but opening times and availability can change. Opening times are different during bank holidays and over Christmas and New Year. Before attending a session we recommend you check it is running and that you’re eligible to receive the service. Some services are only for adults or rough sleepers. Please note there may be a limit to the number of times you can access a service due to high demands in Newcastle. You can read more about InformationNOW’s Terms and Conditions.

Other help available in Newcastle


Benefits advice in Newcastle

Speak to someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as:

There are more benefit advice services available across Newcastle. Visit ‘Where to get benefit advice’ here www.newcastle.gov.uk


Other useful information

Money Advice Service provides online information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to.  This also includes where to find more help and advice.

Peace of Mind Communities help refugees and asylum seekers. Their projects include:

  • a food bank for people in Bensham
  • an advice drop in session
  • a small fund to help destitute refugees and asylum seekers in emergencies
  • help to fill the holiday gap with activities and refreshments for children and carers during the holidays

Last updated: December 19, 2019

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