Food and food bills

With pressure on household incomes some families may have less money available to spend on food or may be in crisis and have no money left for essentials. Whatever your situation, there are a number of local options.

Access to food

West Sussex County Council Community Hub

Love Your Neighbour Project

The Love Your Neighbour Project at St John's Crawley can help with:

  • Food bank parcel (subject to eligibility)
  • A regular phone call
  • Vital errands or other specific needs such as, shopping, prescription collection and delivery

NHS Healthy Start Scheme

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops.

You can use your card to buy:

  • Plain liquid cow’s milk
  • Fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
  • Infant formula milk based on cow’s milk

Giving Back Crawley

Giving Back Crawley is a homeless charity. It provides free meals and support to those living in temporary accommodation, street homeless or sofa surfing.

FreeShop Crawley

The Salvation Army

UK Harvest Community Food Hubs

Access affordable food, learn low-cost cooking and find support on a range of social issues. Just bring a bag and a suggested donation of £3.50. The hub receives funding from West Sussex County Council's Waste Recycling team which keeps the suggested donation lower.

Where: Broadfield Community Centre, Broadfield Barton, Crawley, RH11 9BA

When: Third Wednesday of the month from 10am to 11am

Visit the UK Harvest Community Food Hub website for more information.

Community cafes

The Cornerstone Cafe

The Cornerstone cafe at St Andrew’s Church Furnace Green is open from 10am to 4pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during school term times.

The Cafe in the Park

The Cafe in the Park in Maidenbower Park Community Club is open from 8.30am Monday to Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

St Alban's Coffee Morning

Coffee Mornings at St Alban's Gossops Green take place from 10am to 12pm on Thursdays at the Community Cafe.

Monday Munch Renew Wellbeing Community Cafe

The Broadfield Church cafe at Broadfield Community Centre is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays.

Elim Church Hot Meals

Elim Church's Hot Meals service offers hot meals to families or indivduals who are struggling financially. Christians Against Poverty are also present and can provide budgeting and debt advice. You will need to be referred to access this service and we can help you with this.

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