How to access the Foodbank

For individuals

The Foodbank operates a referral procedure, whereby people who want to access the Foodbank must be referred by a local or city-wide agency, community group or service which deems them in need.

Examples of these include:

  • Local primary and secondary schools

  • Community health visitors and nurses

  • Local churches

  • Social workers

If you are in desperate need and cannot access one of these services, please contact us by phone or email or come on Wednesday and we can discuss how best to help.

For referrers

If you are a Brighton and Hove agency, service, community group or organisation which would like to refer someone to the Foodbank, we ask that you read our pre-referral guide which you can download here. It contains useful information on how the Foodbank operates and what information we require from referrers. We do need to know the reasons behind someone needing to use the Foodbank, what support they have been able to access and to be able to get in touch with you for further information if necessary.

You can download our referral form here. Please complete this and email it from your work email address to, including as much information you know about someone’s situation, so that we can best support them with signposting and information.

Please note that we do need a completed referral form for every referral.

If you have any questions regarding the form, please feel free to contact us.