Getting Free/Cheap Food

Places that make sure sure you get the food you need

Foodbanks: Free food

Wester Hailes Holy Trinity Church, Hailesland Place, Wester Hailes EH14 2SL. Telephone 0131 442 3304. Tuesday: 2pm - 3pm. No referral needed, not specifically for Wester Hailes. Fortnightly packages up to 10 times.

NW Foodbank (Trussell Trust) For postcodes EH1-5, 9, 10, 12, 28-30. Referrals only. Telephone 0131 444 0030.
- Rannoch Community Centre, Rannoch Terrace, EH4 7ER. Tuesday and Thursday: 1pm - 3pm, referrals only.
-The Priory Church, Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9RA Thursday: 11am - 1pm, referrals only.
- Pilton, 34A Muirhouse Crescent (next to Muirhouse Social Work Centre) EH4 4QL Monday: 1pm - 3pm and Friday: 10am-1pm, referrals only.
- Kirkliston, Kirkliston Parish Centre, The Square, Kirkliston EH29 9AS. Tuesday: 2.30pm - 4pm. Referrals only

SW Foodbank (Trussell Trust) 431 Gorgie Road, EH11 2RB. Telephone 0131 346 2875.Open Monday: 2pm - 4pm, Wednesday 11am - 1pm and Friday 10am - 12 noon.

SE Foodbank (Trussell Trust) Blytheswood Care, 47 Southhouse Broadway, EH17 8AS. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am - 2.30pm Telephone: 0131 664 9353 or 07521 097 670

Central Foodbanks (Trussell Trust) Telephone: 0131 440 0030.
· Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA, Tuesday and Friday: 2pm - 4pm. Referrals only.
· Tollcross Distribution Centre, 2 West Tollcross (entrance via corner shop under Central Hall) EH3 9BP, Monday: 2pm - 4pm, Thursday: 10am -12 noon. Referrals only.
· Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, EH3 6NE Wednesday: 10am -1pm and Thursday: 1pm - 4pm.

Salvation Army (Trussell Trust) Slateford Longstone Church, 52 Kingsknowe Road North, EH14 2DF, Telephone: 07752 314 497. Referrals only Monday: 10am -12pm.

NE Foodbank (Trussell Trust) Main contact 6 Henderson Street, Leith EH6 6BS
Telephone: 0131 554 2578. Referrals only.
Monday: 1pm - 2.30pm South Leith Parish Church, 6 Henderson Street.
Tuesday: 10am - 12 noon North Leith Parish Church, 1a Madeira Place.
Tuesday: 1pm - 2.30pm Leith St. Andrews Parish Church, 410-412 Easter Road.
Wednesday: 4.30pm - 6pm Pilrig St. Pauls Church, 1b Pilrig Street.
Wednesday: 11am - 12.30pm St.Marys Parish Church, McLaren Halls, 48 Restlrig Road South
Thursday: 10am - 11.30am Leith St. Andrews Parish Church, 410-412 Easter Road.
Friday: 10am - 12 noon North Leith Parish Church, 1a Madeira Place.
Friday: 3pm - 5pm South Leith Parish Church, 6 Henderson Street.

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am - 5pm,
Friday: 9am - 12pm.
Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail:
There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

Destiny Angels 106 Salamander Street, Leith. Telephone: 0131 454 2001.
Need referral for emergency food parcels or pop in Friday between 1pm and 3pm.
Gorgie food parcels to start soon too.

Westerhailes Healthy Living Centre 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF
Telephone: 0131 453 9400. Referral only; must be living in Wester Hailes area.
Monday to Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 12.30pm.

Free Food

St Catharine’s Convent: 4 Lauriston Gardens. Monday - Friday: 9am -11.30am and5.30pm - 6.30pm (closed July and August). Hot meal (showers available) Telephone: 0131 229 2659.

Destiny Angels:  Destiny Church Gorgie Thursdays 4-5pm, and Destiny Church Leith Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm. No referrals needed.

Missionaries of Charity: 18 Hopetoun Crescent. Telephone: 0131 556 5444
Every day at 4pm, except Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Bethany Care Van
Lunchtime: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 12.40pm from Waverley Bridge, then George Street, Lothian Road, King’s Stable’s Road, George IV Bridge, Chamber Street, North Bridge /Royal Mile Junction; reaching Leith Walk (just North of McDonald Road) at 2pm. Evening follows same route as lunchtime, minus Leith Walk and George Street. Starts at 9pm on Lothian Road.

Jericho House, 53 Lothian Street, entrance on Bristo Place. Telephone: 0131 225 8230 Sunday: 10am - 2pm – coffee/lunch.

Carrubbers Christian Centre: 65 High Street, Royal Mile, EH1 1SR. Telephone: 0131 556 2626.
Free breakfast every Sunday: 8am - 9.30am (men’s clothes and blankets provided at breakfast).
Free lunch Tuesdays from 12pm - 1pm (not July/August - runs roughly with school term time).

South Leith Parish Church, 6 Henderson Street. Telephone: 0131 554 2578
Sunday: 9.30am - 10am, Takeaway breakfast.

Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Monday: 4pm - 5.30pm, (closes for the festival), soup, sandwiches, biscuits and cake. Telephone: 0131 225 3626.

Social Bite, offers free coffee and food, but not always guaranteed.
131 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN, 89 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 3DT.
Telephone: 0131 220 8206. Monday - Friday: 7am - 11am and 3pm - 5pm

Acorn Centre, offers lunch (soup and sandwiches). 1 Junction Place, EH6 5JA.
Telephone: 0131 454 3119.
YMCA: Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Bethany Men’s Group: Thursday 1pm - 3pm


Cheap Food and Vouchers

Salvation Army. 25 Niddrie Street: Monday - Friday, 9am - 10am, breakfast £1.25,
12 noon - 1pm, lunch £1 (vouchers available). Telephone: 0131 523 1060. They also provides clothing, a shower and advice.

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18. Speak to your midwife or health visitor for an application form, visit the website or telephone: 0345 607 6823

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