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Free meals and cheap food in Newcastle

Volunteer and community groups welcome people who are hungry or lonely to eat a hot meal. Community meals and supermarkets often use food donated by companies where it would otherwise go to waste.

Find out below where you can:

  • sit and eat a hot meal cooked by volunteers free of charge or for a small donation
  • buy food at Community supermarkets for a small donation
  • get an emergency food parcel. Visit our page on Food banks in Newcastle

What’s available on:

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 

Mondays

Name What’s available  How to access
Vinnie’s Café at Blackfriars

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

Low cost hot meals cooked by volunteers.

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need.

Time: 11am to 1.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: pay what you feel for your meal

Culture Cafe at  Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

 

Group cookery session where you cook and eat a meal together. Sharing food, language, art and friendship Time: 12pm to 2pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: donations welcome

The People’s Kitchen

Address: Outreach van on Trafalgar Street (Arches)NE1 2LA

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot food to people who need it on the street in Newcastle Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Changing Lives City Homeless Drop in Service

Address: Crisis Skylight Newcastle, City Road, NE1 2AF

Telephone: 0191 232 5699

A free warm breakfast

Clothes washing facilities

Showers

Advice on housing, health services and access to drug workers.

Time:8am to 12pm

Who can use it: people at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness in Newcastle

How: drop in

Cost: free

 

Tuesdays

Name Time What’s available  How to access
Vinnie’s Café at Blackfriars

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

From 11am to 1.30pm Low cost hot meals cooked by volunteers.

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need.

Just turn up and pay what you feel for your meal.
The People’s Kitchen

Address: The Allison Centre, 56 Bath Lane, NE4 5SQ

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

6.30pm to 8.45pm Free hot meal for people who need it.

Showers and clothing is available

Adults can just turn up
Changing Lives City Homeless Drop in Service

Address: Crisis Skylight Newcastle, City Road, NE1 2AF

Telephone: 0191 232 5699

8am to 12pm A free warm breakfast

Clothes washing facilities

Showers

Advice on housing, health services and access to drug workers.

Drop in for people at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness in Newcastle
Byker Pantry 

Address: Life Vineyard Church, 11 – 13 Raby Cross, Raby Way, Byker, NE6 2FF

Telephone: 0749 548 4492

 

 

Buy low cost food using the Byker Pantry points scheme.

For people who live or work in Byker. Or has a child at school in Byker.

You exchange money for points. Then buy food items which are priced in points.

Items are at least half the price of a supermarket.

 

Wednesday

Name Time What’s available  How to access
Vinnie’s Café at Blackfriars

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

From 11am to 1.30pm Low cost hot meals cooked by volunteers.

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need.

Just turn up and pay what you feel for your meal.
FoodCycle Monkchester

Address:
Monkchester Community Centre, 208 Monkchester Road, Walker, NE6 2LJ

Website: 

12.30pm A free, 3 course, sit down, community meal Particularly those who are hungry or lonely.

Meals are freshly cooked, suitable for vegetarians and completely free.

Portions of leftovers, surplus food and fresh fruit, veg and bread are available to take away.

Free

Open to everyone

Drop in

The People’s Kitchen

Address: Trafalgar Street (Arches)

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

7.30pm to 8.30pm Free hot meal for people who need it.

Showers and clothing is available

Adults can just turn up
Changing Lives City Homeless Drop in Service

Address: Crisis Skylight Newcastle, City Road, NE1 2AF

Telephone: 0191 232 5699

8am to 12pm A free warm breakfast

Clothes washing facilities

Showers

Advice on housing, health services and access to drug workers.

Drop in for people at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness in Newcastle

Thursday

Name Time What’s available  How to access
6pm A free, 3 course, sit down, community meal Particularly those who are hungry or lonely.

Meals are freshly cooked, suitable for vegetarians and completely free.

Portions of leftovers, surplus food and fresh fruit, veg and bread are available to take away.

Free

Open to everyone

Drop in

6.30pm A free, 3 course, sit down, community meal Particularly those who are hungry or lonely.

Meals are freshly cooked, suitable for vegetarians and completely free.

Portions of leftovers, surplus food and fresh fruit, veg and bread are available to take away.

Free

Open to everyone

Drop in

The People’s Kitchen

Address: The Allison Centre, 56 Bath Lane, NE4 5SQ

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

1pm to 4pm Free hot meal for people who need it.

Showers and clothing is available

Adults can just turn up
The People’s Kitchen

Address: Outreach van on Trafalgar Street (Arches), NE1 2LA

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

7.30pm to 8.30pm Free hot food to people who need it on the street in Newcastle Adults can just turn up
Changing Lives City Homeless Drop in Service

Address: Crisis Skylight Newcastle, City Road, NE1 2AF

Telephone: 0191 232 5699

Telephone: 0191 273 8891

Website: 

8am to 12pm A free warm breakfast

Clothes washing facilities

Showers

Advice on housing, health services and access to drug workers.

Drop in for people at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness in Newcastle
Pay as you Feel Supermarket at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

4pm to 8pm You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown away by shops. Drop in and pay as you feel

 

Byker Pantry 

Address: Life Vineyard Church, 11 – 13 Raby Cross, Raby Way, Byker, NE6 2FF

Telephone: 0749 548 4492

 

 2pm to 6pm  

Buy low cost food using the Byker Pantry points scheme.

For people who live or work in Byker. Or has a child at school in Byker.

You exchange money for points. Then buy food items which are priced in points.

Items are at least half the price of a supermarket.

 

Fridays

Name Time What’s available  How to access
Magic Hat Cafe at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

 

5pm to 8pm A hot meal for a small donation Drop in

Pay what you feel

The People’s Kitchen

Address: The Allison Centre, 56 Bath Lane, NE4 5SQ

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

6.30pm to 8.45pm Free hot meal for people who need it.

Clothing is available

Adults can just turn up
Changing Lives City Homeless Drop in Service

Address: Crisis Skylight Newcastle, City Road, NE1 2AF

Telephone: 0191 232 5699

Telephone: 0191 273 8891

Website: 

8am to 12pm A free warm breakfast

Clothes washing facilities

Showers

Advice on housing, health services and access to drug workers.

Drop in for people at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness in Newcastle
Pay as you Feel Supermarket at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

9.30am to 4pm You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown away by shops. Drop in and pay as you feel

 

Saturdays

Name Time What’s available  How to access
Pay as you Feel Supermarket at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

10am to 1pm You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown away by shops. Drop in and pay as you feel

 

Sundays

Name Time What’s available  How to access
The People’s Kitchen

Address: Old Eldon Square

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

9am to 10.45am Free hot meal for people who need it.

Clothing is available

Adults can just turn up

FoodCycle Walker where volunteers cook a tasty community meal on Thursdays at 6pm at Pottery Bank Community Centre.

The People’s Kitchen serve hot food 7 times a week to people who need it in Newcastle on:

  • Mondays and Thursdays at their Outreach van on Trafalgar Street 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Alison Centre 6.30pm to 8.45pm
  • Sundays, at their Outreach van on Old Eldon Square from 9am to 10.45am. During the Winter it is at the Alison Centre, Bath Lane.

Vinnie’s Café at Blackfriars give free hot meals to those who are most in need. Meals are cooked by volunteers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 11am and 1.30pm.

Changing Lives have a Drop in for rough sleepers at Crisis Skylight 7 days a week where you can get free meals, access washing machines and showers.

  • Mondays to Fridays 8am to 12pm
  • Saturdays 8am to 1pm
  • open during afternoons to support people to access health appointments and housing advice

Last updated: September 11, 2019

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