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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
Please note: owing to the position on the coronavirus or Covid 19, some of these services may be suspended, closed or changed. We will try and keep this page up to date. Look at the temporary list and  What’s available column.  Please note that you should not go out unless you have no food or resources at all.

What’s available:

Temporary additional food during the coronavirus

Help with shopping link

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Opening times over bank holidays may be different. Check the organisation’s website to find out when they are open over the holiday period.

Please note:  in addition to the regular free meal provision listed further down this page, there are now several organisations supporting the elderly, vulnerable and those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Temporary free meal provision during the coronavirus
Name What’s available  How to access
West end Women and Girls

Telephone:  07812 981 430

 

Scran4Fam

Soup delivery to older people and families in the west of the city

Pottery Bank Community Centre

Jacqui Higgins

Email:  info@potterybankcc.co.uk

Meal collection and distributions from community catering
The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Drop in takeaway food

Free hot food to people who need it on the street in Newcastle

Time: Monday to Friday  7pm to 9 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11am

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Food Nation

Jamie Sadler

Email:  Jamie@foodnation.org

Food Nation doorstep delivery – weekly pre-prepared meal delivery service for those in need; fresh ingredients and in need of reheatable healthy meals. Referral  Citylife line

 

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

Hot food and food parcels.

Dependant on transport and volunteers.

Time: Hot food delivery Monday to Friday; food parcels Monday to Sunday.

Who can use it: adults

How: email or phone

Cost: free

Help with shopping during the coronavirus.

Mondays

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

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

SUSPENDED

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

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: bykerca.org

Email: Admin@BykerCA.Org

SERVICE SUSPENDED

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: 

takeaway at the Arches 

Free hot food to people who need it on the street in Newcastle

Time: 7.00 to 9 pm

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

1 /2 clients at a time, half an hour max for a shower and breakfast

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

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

SUSPENDED

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: adults

How: drop in

Cost: pay a donation for a meal

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

 drop  in takeaway at the Arches see above

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Showers and clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday 7.pm to 9 pm

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

1 /2 clients at a time, half an hour max for a shower and breakfast

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

Byker Pantry 

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

Telephone: 0749 548 4492

 

Food parcels delivered.

Service is still operating, but the community drop in centre has been suspended

Buy low cost food using the Byker Pantry points scheme.

Time: 9am to 11am 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

 

Wednesday

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

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

Website: 

SUSPENDED

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

St Martin’s Centre

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

Email: info@stmartinscentre.org.uk

Website: stmartinscentre.org.uk

Tel: 0191 276 4002

SUSPENDED

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 Monkchester

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

Website: 

SUSPENDED

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.

Time: 12.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

Address: Trafalgar Street (Arches)

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

drop in takeaway at the Arches 

Free hot meal for people who are vulnerable or homeless.

Showers and clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday 7pm to 9 pm

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

1 /2 clients at a time, half an hour max for a shower and breakfast

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

Thursday

Name What’s available  How to access
SUSPENDED

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.

Time: 6pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: free

SUSPENDED

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.

Time: 6.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

 drop in takeaway at the Arches see above

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Showers and clothing is available

Time:Monday to Friday 7pm to 9 pm,

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

drop in takeaway at the Arches see above

Free hot food to people who need it on the street in Newcastle

Time: Monday to Friday 7pm to 9 pm 

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

Telephone: 0191 273 8891

Website: 

1 /2 clients at a time, half an hour max for a shower and breakfast

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

Pay as you Feel Supermarket at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

CLOSED

You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown away by shops.

Time: 4pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: pay as you feel

 

Byker Pantry 

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

Website: lifevineyard.church/ministries/the-byker-pantry

Email: Mike.leddra@hotmail.com

Telephone: 0749 548 4492

 

Food parcels delivered.

Service is still operating, but the community drop in centre has been suspended

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

 

 

Fridays

Name 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: 

 

Delivery of a food bag from Fareshare warehouse during the coronavirus

 

A hot meal for a small donation

Time: 5pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: pay as you feel

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

drop in takeaway at the Arches see above

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable

Clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday 7pm to 9 pm

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

Telephone: 0191 273 8891

Website: 

1 or 2 clients at a time, half an hour max for a shower and breakfast

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

Pay as you Feel Supermarket at Byker Community Centre

Address: 153 Headlam Street, Byker, NE6 2DX

Telephone: 0191 265 5777

Website: 

CLOSED

You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown away by shops.

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: pay as you feel

 

Saturdays

Name 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: 


The People’s Kitchen

Address: Old Eldon Square

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

CLOSED

You can buy food for a small donation that would have otherwise been thrown

away by shops.

 

 

drop in takeaway at the Arches see above

No entry policy.

Free hot meal for people are homeless or vulnerable,

Clothing is available

Time: 10am to 1pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: drop in

Cost: pay as you feel

 

 

Time: Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11am

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Sundays

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

Address: Old Eldon Square

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

drop in takeaway at the Arches see above

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable

Clothing is available

Time: Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11am

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

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: May 28, 2020

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