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Free meals and cheap food in Newcastle

There are free hot meals and takeaway food provided by volunteer and community groups in Newcastle. They welcome people who are hungry or lonely to eat a hot meal.

There are community meals and pay as you feel supermarkets or pantries where you can buy low cost food. These often use food donated by companies where it would otherwise go to waste.

Use the Quick links on the right to jump to the information you need or scroll down for more details on what’s available in Newcastle.

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.

Before attending a place 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.

Free and low cost food available

Mondays

Name What’s available How to access
Mary’s Place at the Mercy Hub

Address: The Mercy Hub, Neville Street, NE1 5HH

Telephone: 07815 888974

Website: stmaryscathedral.org.uk/mercyhub/mercyhubnews

Email: eliz.bennett1@outlook.com

A warm place to sit for free hot and cold food and drinks.

Take away food and drinks also available.

Find it on Neville Street. The door is opposite Central Station Goods Yard. It’s part of the St Mary’s Cathedral Mercy Hub.

Time: Mondays 10am to 1pm

Who can use it: for people who are homeless and those in need

How: drop in

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

FoodCycle Benwell

Address: Riverside Community Health Project Carnegie Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8XS

Website: foodcycle.org.uk/location/newcastle-benwell

Telephone: 07377 866 316

Free, nutritious cooked meal on Mondays at 6.30pm.

Everyone is welcome, no matter your background or circumstances.

Time: 6.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: No referral needed, just turn up

Cost: free

Kingdom Life Community Grocery – Newcastle

Address: Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SB

Telephone:  0191 345 4511

Website: communitygrocery.org.uk/newcastle

Email:  newcastle@communitygrocery.org.uk

Low cost, affordable supermarket

Classes such as cookery, life skills and managing your money

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.40pm

Who is it for: families and local residents

How to use it: Membership required

Cost: Membership is £5 a year. You can then shop 3 times a week for £3

 

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Who is it for: people in Newcastle

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Cost: low cost food

 

 

Tuesdays

Name What’s available  How to access
Vinnie’s Cafe – Lunch at St Vincent’s Centre

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: svp.org.uk/st-vincents-newcastle

Free hot sit in or take away meals cooked by volunteers

Free emergency packs of food, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 3.30pm and Friday 10am to 2pm.

Free Clothing Support available on Thursdays

Time: 11am to 1pm

Who can use it: Adults. All welcome

How: drop in to collect a takeaway meal

Call or email to arrange collection of food, clothing or toiletries parcel

Cost: free

St James Church

Address: Benwell Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6RR

Website: 

Email: church@benwellscotswood.com

Free lunch on Tuesdays

Time to spend meeting your community. It’s for anyone, any age, any background and any beliefs

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in. Call or email to let them know you’re interested.

Cost: free (donations welcome)

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Byker Pantry – Life Vineyard Church Foodbank

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

Telephone: 07470 126 508

Website: www.lifevineyard.church/lifeprojects

Email: Byker.pantry@lifevineyard.church 

Buy low cost food using the Byker Pantry points scheme.

Items are at least half the price of a supermarket.

Time: Tuesdays 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

Who can use it: people who live or work in Byker or have a child at school in Byker.

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

Cost: low cost

Kingdom Life Community Grocery – Newcastle

Address: Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SB

Telephone:  0191 345 4511

Website: communitygrocery.org.uk/newcastle

Email:  newcastle@communitygrocery.org.uk

Low cost, affordable supermarket

Classes such as cookery, life skills and managing your money

How to use it: Membership required

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.40pm

Who is it for: families and local residents

Cost: Membership is £5 a year. You can then shop 3 times a week for £3

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Who is it for: people in Newcastle

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Cost: low cost food

 

Wednesday

Name What’s available  How to access
Cornerstone Benwell

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

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

 

Benwell Bridge Pantry: low cost food items available. you can buy 10 items for £2.50. Membership needed.

Corner Kitchen Community Café: selling low cost hot and cold food

Emergency food parcels available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 2pm

Time: Pantry and café open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm

Who can use it: adults

Membership required to use Pantry

How: email or phone

Cost: low cost

 

St Martin’s Centre

Address: Roman Avenue, Byker, Tyne and Wear, NE6 2RJ

Telephone: 0191 276 4002

Website: stmartinscentre.org.uk

Email: info@stmartinscentre.org.uk

Low cost Community Lunch.

2 course meal with tea and coffee, games and bingo

Time: 11am to 1pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: £3.50

FoodCycle Walker

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

Website: foodcycle.org.uk/location/newcastle-walker/

FoodCycle Walker offers free, nutritious cooked meal on Wednesdays at 12.30pm.

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Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: No referral needed, just turn up

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Kingdom Life Community Grocery – Newcastle

Address: Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SB

Telephone:  0191 345 4511

Website: communitygrocery.org.uk/newcastle

Email:  newcastle@communitygrocery.org.uk

Low cost, affordable supermarket

Classes such as cookery, life skills and managing your money

How to use it: Membership required

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.40pm

Who is it for: families and local residents

Cost: Membership is £5 a year. You can then shop 3 times a week for £3

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Who is it for: people in Newcastle

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Cost: low cost food

Thursday

Name What’s available  How to access
Cornerstone Benwell

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

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

Benwell Bridge Pantry: low cost food items available. you can buy 10 items for £2.50. Membership needed.

Corner Kitchen Community Café: selling low cost hot and cold food

Emergency food parcels available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 2pm

Time: Pantry and café open Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm

Who can use it: adults

Membership required to use Pantry

How: email or phone

Cost: low cost

 

Address: St Silas’ Church, Clifford Street, Byker, NE6 1DR

Website: foodcycle.org.uk/location/byker/

Email:byker@foodcycle.org.uk

Free, nutritious cooked meal on Thursdays at 7pm. Time: 7pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: No referral needed, just turn up

Cost: free

Address: Westgate Baptist Church, NE4 6QD

Free, nutritious cooked meal on Thursdays at 6.45pm. Time: Thursdays 6.45pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: No referral needed, just turn up

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Byker Pantry Life Vineyard Church Foodbank 

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

Website: www.lifevineyard.church/lifeprojects

Email:Byker.pantry@lifevineyard.church

Telephone: 07470 126 508

Buy low cost food using the Byker Pantry points scheme.

Items are at least half the price of a supermarket.

Time: 2pm to 6pm

Who can use it: people who live or work in Byker or have a child at school in Byker.

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

Cost: low cost

 

Kingdom Life Community Grocery – Newcastle

Address: Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SB

Telephone:  0191 345 4511

Website: communitygrocery.org.uk/newcastle

Email:  newcastle@communitygrocery.org.uk

Low cost, affordable supermarket

Classes such as cookery, life skills and managing your money

How to use it: Membership required

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.40pm

Who is it for: families and local residents

Cost: Membership is £5 a year. You can then shop 3 times a week for £3

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Who is it for: people in Newcastle

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Cost: low cost food

 

 

Fridays

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

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Kingdom Life Community Grocery – Newcastle

Address: Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1SB

Telephone:  0191 345 4511

Website: communitygrocery.org.uk/newcastle

Email:  newcastle@communitygrocery.org.uk

Low cost, affordable supermarket

Classes such as cookery, life skills and managing your money

How to use it: Membership required

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.40pm

Who is it for: families and local residents

Cost: Membership is £5 a year. You can then shop 3 times a week for £3

 

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

Who is it for: people in Newcastle

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Cost: low cost food

Saturdays and Sundays

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

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries are also available

Time: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday 6.30am to 9.30pm

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free


Other Food Support in Newcastle

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Name What’s available  How to access
Pottery Bank Community Centre

Address:  Yelverton Crescent, Pottery Bank, Walker,
NE6 3SW

Telephone: 0191 224 2349

Website:  Pottery Bank Facebook Page

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Low cost community café

Pay as you feel supermarket

Meal collection and distributions from community catering

Cookery classes

Open: Community Café Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm

How to use it: Contact them for more information. Visit their Facebook page for more information

Food Nation

Websitefoodnation.org

Email:  Jamie@foodnation.org

Food Nation weekly doorstep delivery of pre-prepared, easy to heat meals for those in need. Referral needed: contact Citylife line

 

 


Free food support for families and children

If you receive certain benefits you can access additional food support for your children.

Healthy Start Scheme

NHS Healthy Start Scheme is for people who are pregnant or have children under the age of 4, who receive certain benefits. You can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to buy for the child:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
  • You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.

You can use the vouchers in supermarkets, greengrocers, pharmacies and convenience stores.

Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on the NHS Healthy Start Website.


Free school meals

Free school meals are available to children whose parents receive certain benefits and are at:

  • government funded schools, full time, up to the age of 19,
  • or in a nursery class or nursery school and attending for full days.

The government has temporarily extended free school meals to families with no recourse to public funds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out if you’re eligible for free school meals and how to apply on Newcastle.gov.uk


Free school meals during school holidays

Children who receive free school meals during term time because they’re eligible, will receive up to £90 of food vouchers for the summer holidays. This will be arranged by the child’s school. Newcastle City Council will contact those who are registered to receive free meals who don’t have a school place.

Early years children (3 and 4 year olds in Newcastle) who receive a funded free early years entitlement for their place at either school, pre-school playgroup, day nursery or childminder. And meet the criteria for free school meals, should also be offered a food voucher by their early years provider.


Free holiday activities

Holiday Activities run the ‘Newcastle Best Summer / Spring / Winter Ever’  schemes.  The free school holiday activity scheme in Newcastle for 4 to 16 year olds. This support is for families who receive free school meals. Community organisations across Newcastle provide free activity sessions and a meal for your child. You can choose from a range of fun, educational and sociable activities such as: sport, art, and culture. Newcastle City Council and StreetGames are working with community partners to give children and young people in Newcastle a happy and enjoyable school holidays. Visit their website for more information about the activities available, where they’re taking place and how to book.


Universal free school meals for Reception children, Year 1 and Year 2

Universal free school meals are available to all children in government funded schools in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2. You don’t have to apply for universal free school meals and you do not have to receive benefits to be eligible for them. It is for all children aged 4 to 8 years old. This does not mean you are eligible for the school holiday vouchers. The vouchers are for children who meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals mentioned above.

Please note: Your child and their school may be able to get extra help if you get one of the qualifying benefits for free school meals. Apply for free school meals so that the council can check if your child is eligible for the extra help, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2.


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.

Last updated: April 13, 2022

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