REQUESTING URGENT ASSISTANCE FOR SOMEONE ELSE
You can now register for help for someone you identify as ‘vulnerable and with no other support’ through the council. This will help those most in need access financial and food aid. Those needing food aid will be filtered out to the hubs as they establish themselves across the city.
If you think someone is ‘extremely vulnerable’ please also register with the government scheme: register at GOV.UK or phone 0800 028 8327 as this will lead to additional support. There is a list here of conditions that would be considered in this category.
The Food Partnership has put together a webpage full of food resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are regularly updating this page and others on their website.
How to get food
- Brighton & Hove City Council have a form for vulnerable people who need urgent help due to COVID-19, such as shopping, emergency food or loneliness
- Food partnership - Local veg and food deliveries
- Food partnership - Meal delivery & takeaway services (COVID-19 info)
- Food Partnership - Eating well with limited equipment
- Food partnership - Food bank directory for low income families who are struggling to make ends meet
- Hot Food For Hollingdean are offering a 2 course meal every Wednesday, for people self isolating in Hollingdean.
- Brighton quarantine – shops delivering
- Restaurant supplier now doing direct deliveries
- Food delivery & take away meals in Brighton & Hove
- Dinner 2 Go are now delivering from supermarkets for isolated people
- Restricted opening hours for supermarkets – for elderly shoppers and NHS staff
- Runner UK - a new 24/7 food delivery service operating in Brighton & surrounding areas
- Visit Lewes webpage for food businesses offering delivery
- The Ageing Well Support Services directory (accessed through this page) provides information on food deliveries from page 18.
BAMER food hubs
- North & West - email [email protected] or call 07912 869 536
- Central & East - The BMECP Food Bank provides emergency food parcels for people in crisis who live in Brighton and Hove
Food for children & families
The Department of education are offering vouchers to low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals £15 per child per week. Schools are coordinating themselves and vouchers are being sent by email directly to the families or to school if no internet access.
- Food partnership - COVID-19 update: Free school meals in Brighton, Hove and Portslade
- Chomp provides food during school holidays for families who are eligible for free school meals
- Healthy Start vouchers for milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk and vitamins. Many families miss out on these, make sure you don't
- The Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project have a form on their homepage for those in need of emergency food
Want to help get food to those who most need it?
The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are coordinating activity around ensuring no-one goes hungry.
- You can volunteer to help distribute food here
- Where to donate surplus food
- Food Partnership – COVID-19: What you can do to help
- The Food partnership have also launched a Hungry at Home fundraising campaign to ensure the most vulnerable people in our city are not left hungry indoors.
- The Food Partnership have also put together some guidelines on organising volunteers and food hubs
- FareShare Sussex based in Moulsecoomb are calling on healthy and willing citizens to give up a few hours a week to help in their warehouse or go out making deliveries.
- The Bevy are running Bevy Meals on Wheels to deliver food to isolated people. Some days they need volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals around Moulsecoomb & Bevendean at lunchtimes. Please call the Bevy if you can on 01273 281 009.
- The BMECP Food Bank provides emergency food parcels for people in crisis who live in Brighton and Hove and are in need of donations and volunteers.