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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

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

If you need a referral, your support worker or school may be able to refer you, but if not, you can contact Advice Portsmouth – call 023 9279 4340, text 07789 550593 or email advice.portsmouth@theyoutrust.org.uk or contact your local housing office if you are a city council tenant.

Day timeLocationDetails
Tuesday 4pm - 6pm

Thursday 1pm - 3pm

Friday 10am -12pm

North End Pantry Portsmouth, c/o North End Baptist Church, 195 Powerscourt Road, PO2 7JHNo vouchers or referral needed. This is a membership scheme. For a weekly membership of £4, members of the North End Pantry can choose a selection of food with a value of £15 - £20 each week.

Email pantry@northendbaptistchurch.com or call 07733624248.

Monday 9.30am-1pmThe Salvation Army, 84 Albert Road, PO5 2SNNo voucher needed for first 3 visits

3-day food parcel

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

Food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

Tuesday 1-3pmHaven Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4HA

No voucher needed for first 3 visits

3-day food parcel

Thursday 11am-12pmHarbour Church, St. George's Square, PO1 3AT

Food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

Wednesday/Friday 10-11amSt. Margaret's Community Church, Highland Road, PO4 9DD

2-day food parcel

Wednesday 12-2pmKings Church Hall, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

Thursday 10.30am-12.30pmFamily Church Caring Hands, Empower Centre, 83-87 Kingston Road, PO2 7DX

Caring Hands food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

Home delivery preferred

Thursday 11am-12pmHarbour Church, St. George's Square, PO1 3AT

Food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

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

Food bank voucher required

3-day food parcel

Friday 10am-12pmHaven Community Centre, Lake Road, PO1 4HA

No voucher required for first 3 visits

3-day food parcel

Friday 10-11amSt. Margaret's Community Church, Highland Road, PO4 9DD

2-day food parcel

Friday 12-2pmKings Church Hall, Fraser Road, PO5 4QA

Food bank voucher or email referral required

3-day food parcel

Free takeaway meals for people in need

Anyone who needs a hot meal can visit any of the services listed below. No referral needed.

Day/TimeLocationDetails
Sunday, 6-7pmSt. Simon's Church, Waverley Road, PO5 2PW

(entrance via car park in St Ronan's Road)

Hot takeaway food and drink and small food parcel
Sunday, 12pmSt. Swithuns, Waverley Road, PO5 2PL (entrance via car park)Takeaway lunch and hot drink
Monday, 6pmHarbour Chuch at All Saints Church, 334 Commercial Road, PO1 4BTTakeaway
Tuesday, 1pmSt John's RC Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3QA (car park entrance opposite Victoria Park)Takeaway
Wednesday, 9amLifeHouse, Harold Road, PO4 0JW (just off Albert Road)Hot breakfast takeaway
Wednesday, 6.30-8pmBuckland soup kitchen, 174 Kingston Road, PO2 7LP (Queens Road entrance)Takeaway hot food and sandwiches
Thursday, 6pmLifeHouse, Harold Road, PO4 0JW (just off Albert Road)Hot dinner takeaway
Friday, 9-10pmFriday Fridge @ St Jude's Church, Kent Road, PO5 3EL (by Palmerston Road precinct)Hot sandwiches and hot drink takeaway.
Saturday, 12.30pmInSight, St John's RC Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3QA (car park entrance opposite Victoria Park)Hot takeaway and cold snack box

The Homeless Day Service is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, 8am-4pm.

  • Address: Yew House Ground Floor, Milton Road, Portsmouth PO3 6BA (next door to Hope House)
  • Phone: 02392 882689

Anyone who is sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough can access the service for breakfast, snacks and hot drinks and other services including washing and laundry facilities.

Other food options

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 PO postcodes (excluding Isle of Wight) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, or collection from Buckland Community Centre (by appointment) on Wednesdays.

Cosham Community Larder

Pay £1 per year to become a member, then pay just £3 for a bag of groceries when you shop. Open to anyone living in the Cosham, Paulsgrove or Wymering area.

Join Cosham Community Larder online, then complete your membership the first time you visit the shop, which is open to members on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm.

Landport Larder

The Larder is open at Landport Community Centre every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, offering a range of tinned, boxed, fresh, chilled and frozen foods which vary weekly based on the supply from Fare Share. Local residents can join the scheme for just £1 and
buy 10 items for £3.50 (where the equivalent basket at the supermarket would be approximately £15). We ask customers to bring their own carry bags to take their
purchases away.

North End Pantry

For a weekly membership of £4, members of The North End Pantry in
Portsmouth will be able to choose a selection of food with a value of £15 – £20 each week. The pantry is here to help residents in the North End area to top up your weekly shop, and the variety of food available includes fresh fruit and veg, store cupboard favourites, bread and dairy products.