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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 where you can buy low cost food. These often use food donated by companies where it would otherwise go to waste.

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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.

During the Coronavirus there may be changes to services availability and opening times. We keep this page up to date but things change quickly. Please check with the service to make sure it’s still available and how to access it. 

 

Temporary free meal provision during the coronavirus
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

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

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

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 8.15 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

Who can use it: adults

How: drop in

Cost: free

Food Nation

Websitefoodnation.org

Jamie Sadler

Email:  Jamie@foodnation.org

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

 

Cornerstone Benwell

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

Telephone: 0191 226 0941

Website: cornerstonebenwell.com

Email: cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com

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

Opening Times:  9:30 to 3:30pm

Foodcycle schemes

 

Offering free meals on different days of the week. Benwell on Monday; Monkchester in Walker on Wednesdays and  Byker and Westgate  on Thursdays.

See days of the week below.

Who can use it: all welcome

How: email and then collect

Cost: free

Newcastle Central Mosque

Address: Newcastle Central Mosque, The White House
Grainger Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 8RQ

Telephone 0191 273 0262

Website: newcastlecentralmosque.com

Email:  contact@newcastlecentralmosque.com

Emergency Food Parcel will be delivered 8 hours from receipt of the online form.

School meals during the holidays or half term.

Fill in a form on their website

Free and low cost food available

Mondays

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 food takeaway at the Arches for people who need it on the street in Newcastle Time: Monday to Friday  7pm to 8.15 pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

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 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

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

Food collection. Email in advance. Time: 7 pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: email

Cost: free

 

St Vincent’s Support Centre 

Address: Newbridge Street, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

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

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need. Time: Monday to Friday

Who can use it: Adults. All welcome

How: call or email to arrange collection

Cost: pay what you feel for your meal

 

 

Tuesdays

Name What’s available  How to access
St Vincent’s Centre 

Address: Newbridge Street
NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

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

 

Free hot take away meals cooked by volunteers.

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

Time: 11am to 1.30pm takeaway meals

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

The People’s Kitchen

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

Telephone: 0191 222 0699

Website: 

Free hot food takeaway at the Arches for people who need it on the street in Newcastle

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Showers and clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday  7pm to 8.15 pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

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 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

Byker Pantry – Life Vineyard Church Foodbank

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

Telephone: 07470 126 508

 

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: 2 to 3.30 pm

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
Byker Pantry Life Vineyard Church Foodbank 

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: 07470 126 508

Telephone: 07495 484492

 

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 3.30 pm

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

How: Go to Heaton Baptist Church.

Cost: low cost

 

St Vincent’s Centre 

Address: Newbridge Street, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

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

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need. Time: Monday to Friday

Who can use it: all welcome

How: Call or email to arrange collection

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

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: 

 Food for collection.

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Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: email to arrange collection

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 

Free hot meal for people who are vulnerable or homeless.

Showers and clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday  7pm to 8.15pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15am

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 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

Thursday

Name What’s available  How to access

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

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

Email:byker@foodcycle.org.uk

Food for collection. Email in advance. Time: 7pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: email in advance and collect

Cost: free

Address: Westgate Baptist Church, NE4 6QD

Food for collection. Email in advance. Time: 7 pm to 8pm

Who can use it: all welcome

How: email in advance and collect.

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

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable.

Showers and clothing is available

Time: Monday to Friday  7pm to 8.15 pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

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

Byker Pantry Life Vineyard Church Foodbank 

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

Website: lifevineyard.church/projects

Email: Mike.leddra@hotmail.com

Telephone: 07470 126 508

Telephone: 07495 484492

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 3.30 pm

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

 

St Vincent’s Centre 

Address: Newbridge Street, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

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

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need. Time: Monday to Friday

Who can use it: all welcome

How: Call or email to arrange collection

 

 

Fridays

Name What’s available  How to access
Byker Pantry Life Vineyard Church Foodbank 

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

Website: lifevineyard.church/projects

Email: Mike.leddra@hotmail.com

Telephone: 07470 126 508

 

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: 2 to 3.30 pm

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

 

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 8.15 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

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

St Vincent’s Centre

Address: Newbridge Street, NE1 2TQ

Telephone: 0191 261 6027

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

Free emergency packs of food, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products for those in need. Time: Monday to Friday

Who can use it: all welcome

How: Call or email to arrange collection

 

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: 

Drop in for takeaway meals

Free hot meal for people who are homeless or vulnerable

Clothing is available

Time: Saturday to Sunday 10am to 11.15 am

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.


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.


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.


Newcastle Best Summer Ever Programme

Newcastle Best Summer Ever is a free summer holiday activity scheme for 5 to 18 year olds.  Fun, sports, art and cultural activities are available in over 150 locations across Newcastle. Free healthy meals are also provided during the sessions.  Helping to keep children, fit and fed through the summer. Newcastle City Council and StreetGames are working with over 70 community partners to give children and young people in Newcastle a happy and enjoyable summer. Read the Best Summer Ever booklet or visit their Facebook page for more information on activities and how to book.

Summer activities are also listed on InformationNOW.

Last updated: July 23, 2021