If you are struggling with the cost of food, or would like a hot meal, there are services in Portsmouth that are here to help.

Food banks

Food banks provide around 3 days food for your whole household if you can’t afford to buy food. Some food banks need a referral, and some can help you without being referred.

Food banks accept referrals from a wide range of local community organisations, including schools and support workers. If you’re a city council tenant your local housing office can refer you. If you don’t know who can refer you, contact Advice Portsmouth (open Monday to Friday) – call 023 9279 4340, text 07789 550593 or email advice.portsmouth@theyoutrust.org.uk

You can also drop in to Salvation Army Southsea at 84 Albert Road, PO5 2SN, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

 

Normal opening timesLocationDetails
Monday

11am-1pm

Kings Church Hall, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Food bank voucher or e-referral required

3-day food parcel

Tuesday

11am-12pm

All Saints Church, 334 Commercial Road, PO1 4BT

Opening hours, 11am to 12pm.

Food bank voucher or e-referral required

3-day food parcel

Tuesday

1-3pm

Haven Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4HA

One-off emergency food parcel To receive a food parcel, you must show proof of ID including name and address

Wednesday 11am-1pmKings Church Hall, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Food bank voucher or e-referral required

3-day food parcel

Thursday 1pm-3pmFamily Church - Food Support Programme

Empower Centre 83-87 Kingston Road Portsmouth, PO2 7DX

The food support programme can only help families in PO1, PO2, PO3 or PO4 with dependent children (under 18), referred by an agency that is supporting them.

Weekly food parcel, with 3 days food for the family, for a maximum of 12 weeks, depending on the family's need.

Agency e-referral only. Call the office on 0300 302 0090

Thursday 12-2pm Paulsgrove Baptist Church, Woofferton Road, PO6 4DW

Collection point for e-referrals only.
Friday 10am-12pm

Haven Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4HA

One-off emergency food parcel. To receive a food parcel, you must show proof of ID including name and address

Friday 11am-1pm

Kings Church Hall, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Food bank voucher or e-referral required

3-day food parcel

Free hot meals and prepared food for people in need

Anyone who needs a hot meal can visit any of the services listed below. No referral needed. Please check opening times with providers for Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May.

Day/TimeLocationDetails
Sunday, 5.30pm-7pmSt. Simon's Church, Waverley Road, PO5 2PW Sit-down meal, hot drinks, cakes, small food parcel. Arrive by 6pm
Sunday, 12-1pmSt. Swithun's, Waverley Road, PO5 2PL (entrance via car park)Takeaway lunch and hot drink
First Monday of month, 12pmMonday Lunch at St Jude's Church, Kent Road, Southsea, PO5 3ELGather for lunch for a contribution of £3.50 towards the cost.
Monday, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Harbour Church at All Saints Church, 334 Commercial Road, PO1 4BTEat in or takeaway
Tuesday, 10.30am-1pm (arrive by 11am)InSight, Discovery Centre at St John's Cathedral, entrance via the car park, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3QACommunity group with two-course hot meal. (Take-away only for August)
Wednesday, 9am LifeHouse, Harold Road, PO4 0JW (just off Albert Road)

Free hot breakfast

Food parcels and other essentials are also available

Wednesday, 6pmFoodCycle, John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HNSit-down meal - tasty food and good company
Wednesday, 5pm-7pmBuckland soup kitchen, 174 Kingston Road, PO2 7LP (Queens Road entrance)

Hot drinks served 5-7pm

Hot takeaway meals served 6-7pm

Thursday, 12pmSt Cuthbert's Centre, 2 Lichfield Road, Copnor, PO3 6DEArrive by 12pm. Lunch served at 12.30pm. (Gets busy, so call Brian on 023 9307 6834 before attending)
Thursday, 6pmLifeHouse, Harold Road, PO4 0JW (just off Albert Road)

Hot dinner (eat in)

Food parcels and other essentials are also available

Friday 10am-12pmEastney Roundabout Coffee Pot, Eastney Church, 21 Eastney Road, PO4 9JACoffee morning/warm space offering a light, hot meal (soup or something on toast).
Friday, 8pm-10pm

Friday Fridge at St Jude's Church, Kent Road, PO5 3EL (by Palmerston Road precinct)Hot sandwiches and hot drink (eat in)
Friday, 12pm-2pm The Soup Sanctuary, Devonshire Avenue Baptist Church Soup, chips, toasties
Saturday, 10am-12pmSaturday Breakfast at All Saints Church, 334 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4BTBacon rolls, toast, and hot drinks every Saturday (full English breakfast on the first Saturday of each month)

The Portsmouth Rough Sleeping Hub is open 7 days a week from 8am-4pm. Anyone sleeping rough, or at risk of becoming homeless, can access practical support. You can book an appointment in person, or by telephone.

Other food options

Baffins Community Pantry – open to residents of PO3 or PO4

If you live in the Baffins Ward (all PO3 or PO4 post codes) and you’re worried about the cost of living and need to reduce your food bills, join Baffins Community Pantry.

Membership is free. Request a membership form by email baffinspantry@gmail.com or by phone 07557 339467. Or drop in during opening times to join.  Proof of address will be needed on your first visit.

£5 per visit, maximum of one visit per week.

Opening times at 24 Tangier Road, Baffins, PO3 6JL:

  • Monday, 10am–12pm (Closed Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May)
  • Friday, 4pm–6pm

Cosham Community Larder – open to residents of PO6 1**, PO6 2** or PO6 3**

Pay £1 per year to become a member, then just £3.50 for a bag of groceries when you shop.

Join Cosham Community Larder online, then complete your membership and provide proof of address the first time you visit the shop.

Opening times at Cosham community larder, Cosham Park (next to the bowling club), PO6 2SH:

  • Tuesday, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, 10am-2pm

Landport Larder – open to PO1 residents (but all are welcome if in need)

The Larder is open at Landport Community Centre every Tuesday from 9am-12pm, offering a range of tinned, boxed, fresh, chilled and frozen foods which vary weekly.

Local residents can join the scheme for just £1 and buy 10 items for £3.50 (an equivalent basket at the supermarket would be about £15). Please bring your own carrier bags to take your shopping home.

North End Pantry – open to residents of all PO2 and PO3 postcodes

The pantry is here to help residents in the North End area to top up their weekly shop, with fresh fruit and vegetables, store cupboard favourites, bread, and chilled and frozen foods.

For a weekly cost of £5, members will be able to choose a selection of food with a value of about £20 each week.

Opening times at North End Baptist Church, 195 Powerscourt Road, PO2 7JH:

  • Monday 4.30pm – 5.30pm (Closed Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May)
  • Tuesday 4pm – 6pm
  • Thursday 1pm – 3pm
  • Friday 10am -12pm

To join, drop in to the Pantry during opening hours, or sign up online.

For more details email pantry@northendbaptistchurch.com.

Oasis Pantry – open to residents of P01 1**, P01 4**, P01 5**, P05 4**  postcodes.

For a small membership fee of £5 each week that you shop, members of the Portsmouth Oasis Pantry in Landport can do a weekly food shop for fresh fruit and vegetables and family favourites to stock up the cupboard and fridge. Find more information and contact details for Oasis Pantry.

Opening times at Oasis Pantry, Oasis the Venue, 1a Arundel Street, PO1 1NP:

  • Friday, 11am-1pm

Paulsgrove Food Pantry – Open to residents of Paulsgrove and Wymering, with a PO6 postcode

Sign up to become a member of the Paulsgrove Food Pantry by dropping in or emailing paulsgrovefoodpantry@gmail.com. For £4 members can get a variety of goods. One shop per week, 10 items per shop. Membership is £1 and proof of address is needed to join.

Follow the Paulsgrove Pantry Facebook page for updates and offers.

Opening times at Paulsgrove Community Centre, Marsden Rd, PO6 4JB:

  • Monday 4.00pm – 6.00pm (Closed Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May)
  • Thursday 11.00am – 1.00pm

Portsea Pantry – open to residents of PO1 3** post codes only

Portsea Pantry, based in the John Pounds Centre, Portsea, is offering groceries to local families for a weekly subscription of £4.

Members can buy a weekly food shop including fresh fruit and vegetables, tasty treats, and frozen, chilled and tinned goods.

Opening times at John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen St, PO1 3HN:

  • Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Proof of address is needed on your first visit.

To join, sign up online. If you can’t get online, sign up in person instead. Call 07393 590 078 for more information.

St Mag’s Pantry – open to residents of all PO4 and PO5 postcodes

For £5 per week, members can choose a selection of fresh, chilled, frozen and store cupboard food with a supermarket value of about £15-£20.

The Pantry helps residents of all PO4 and PO5 postcodes, towards a full weekly shop. We hope to deliver fruit and vegetable items for free.

Opening times at St Margaret’s Community Church, Highland Road, PO4 9DD:

  • Monday 3pm-4.30pm (Closed Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May)
  • Tuesday 4pm-5.30pm
  • Wednesday 10am-11.30am

Sign up online. If you have any questions, contact Pantry@stmagscc.uk or call 023 9435 1995.

Trash Café

The Trash Café Network works with food businesses to stop food waste. They put together fantastic food hampers at amazing value. Order before 8pm for collection or delivery the following day.

Trash Café offer delivery of hampers to all PO postcodes (excluding Isle of Wight) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, or collection from Buckland Community Centre (by appointment) on Wednesdays. Follow the Trash Cafe Facebook page for updates and details of special offers.

Reducing food waste

Find information and tips to help you get more from the food you buy and to help you reduce food waste

Olio surplus food app

OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items, too.

To find out more, download the free app to your smartphone using Google Play or Apple Store.