Free or low-cost food during summer holidays 2018

Here are some of the possible places families can receive free or low cost food over the school summer holidays.

Please contact the organisation directly for more information on what is available.


Summer Cookery Club, St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Exeter

There will be Young Chefs Cooking and Craft Courses that will run for four weeks. These are taking place during the summer holidays and are free programmes open to children eligible for free school meals. Participants learn cooking skills, make healthy meals together, and use crafts and other activities to record recipes and learn about nutrition and where food comes from. There will also be a trip to West Town Farm.

Courses will run:

  • 30th July-3rd August (Exeter)
  • 6th-10th August (Exeter)
  • 13th-17th August (Cranbrook)
  • 20th-24th August (Exeter).

For more information and booking, please contact or call 01392 666222.

Exeter Cathedral Chapter House

Address – 1 The Cloisters, Exeter.  01392 255573

The Exeter Cathedral provides a hot meal of jacket potatoes and home-made cake at their ‘Wednesday Night Cafe’. This runs from 18:30 to 20:00.

St David’s Church

Queen’s Terrace, Exeter.  01392 202092

St David’s Church provides a soup kitchen evening at 6 to 7pm on Thursdays.

Food Cycle Exeter

Provide a free 3 course meal

Wonford Community and Learning Centre, Burnthouse Lane, Exeter.

Tuesdays, 6pm


Wheelchair accessible

Exeter Foodbank

The Beacon Community Centre, Beacon Lane, Beacon Heath, Exeter.

Phone 07818 226524. Email –

The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter.  Phone 07818 226524

Foodbank voucher holders can collect food on a Monday (1pm and 3pm) Tuesday or Thursday (2pm and 4pm).

Details about the distribution centre are on the voucher. Voucher issued by local service professionals and charities to people who can demonstrate they have little or no food and little or no money to buy food.

Contact Foodbank for details of agencies registered to distribute vouchers.

Chatterbox Community Café, Alphington Village Hall, Ide Lane

Every Friday morning, 9am – 12pm, providing toast, croissants, crumpets and cakes for a small donation.

Phone: 01392 662553

St James Summer School, Exeter

St James School runs a holiday club over summer which provides breakfast and lunch.

Contact: Julia Thornton 01392 209922    Email:


Eastern Devon

 Summer Cookery Club, St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Cranbrook

There will be Young Chefs Cooking and Craft Courses that will run for four weeks during the summer holidays and are free programmes open to children eligible for free school meals. Participants learn cooking skills, make healthy meals together, and use crafts and other activities to record recipes and learn about nutrition and where food comes from. There will also be a trip to West Town Farm.

Course in Cranbrook runs 13-17 August

For more information and booking, please contact or call 01392 666222.

Incredible Edible Cranbrook

A small but growing number of people who gather at Cranbrook Education Campus on Mondays 6.30-8pm.  Food grown is free to take home.

Find on Facebook by searching for Incredible Edible Cranbrook – Community Food Growing.

Seaton Foodbank

Number 1, Harepath Road, Seaton.

Phone: 07598927997


Time – Wednesday: 2pm – 4pm

Voucher issued by local service professionals. Children’s Centre, East Devon District Council, Churches, Social Services, Health professionals and other statutory services.

Ottery St Mary foodbank

Phone 07907 232076

Honiton foodbank

Phone 07907 232076 or email

Times – Friday: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Food vouchers can be obtained from Honiton Children’s Centre, MIND, St Paul’s Church, Honiton Town Council Offices, East Devon District Council Housing Officers and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF)

HALFF is a registered charity set up to help people cook delicious healthy food for themselves and their families.  The activities are FREE of charge and are run in: Axminster, Bridport, Chard, Cranbrook, Crewkerne, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidmouth.

They offer services to people: weaning their baby, cooking for children, living alone, cooking for others, cooking on a budget, lacking confidence in cooking, want to be more healthy or need to lose/gain weight. Please contact to learn what may be available over the summer holidays

Phone 01297 631782, email or visit

Exmouth Community Larder (Foodbank)

Salvation Army, Sheppards Row, Exmouth. Phone: 07749322291

Date/Time – Mondays and Fridays 2.15pm – 4.15pm (or Tuesday and Friday in weeks when Monday is a bank holiday)

Vouchers required and issued by local service professionals

Open Door Exmouth

Church Street, Exmouth, EX8 1PE

Phone: 01395 224218 Email –

This centre provides free hot meals during school holidays to children and their families who find themselves in need due to financial crisis.

If you are in need of this support, please visit the cafe on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9.30am and 3pm to speak to the support team.

Axminster foodbank

Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hanover House, Chard Street, Axminster.

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

Phone: 01297 32331

Referrals accepted from the following organisations churches, Children’s Centre, EDDC Devon County Council, Medical Practitioners and Support Workers.


Northern Devon

Holsworthy Good Neighbours Luncheon Club

Holsworthy Memorial Hall, North Road, Holsworthy.

Luncheon Club held twice a week in Holsworthy.

Phone: 01409 254180


Cost – £4

Torrington Foodbank

Voucher issued by local service professionals

Tuesdays: 10am-12noon (Torrington Baptist Church) and Saturdays: 10am – 12noon (Castle Hill Building, over the library).

Phone: 01805 938079

North Devon Welcombe Luncheon Club, Village Hall, Welcombe, Bideford

Welcombe Lunch Club is held twice a month at the Village Hall with a three-course meal. Anyone is welcome to come along but please let us know in advance for the catering.

Contact: Sheila Wade on 01288 331391 or Lisa on 01288 331794.

Northern Devon Foodbanks

Emergency out of hours service available. Voucher issued by local service professionals

Bideford and Barnstaple Branches

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Supreme House, Pitt Lane, Bideford. Phone: 01237 422243

St John’s Community Centre, Rose Lane. Barnstaple. Phone: 01271 329902 or 07422 651251

Salvation Army Community Hall, Torrs Park, Ilfracombe: Tuesday and Friday 10.30-1.30. Phone 01271 865745 / 07422 651254

YMCA Centre, Mill Street, South Molton

Thursday: 10am-12.30pm. Phone 07422 651253

Memorial Hall, North Road, Holsworthy

satellite foodbank: Wednesday: 2-4pm. Phone: 01288 359714 Email

Ilfracombe Community Café, Salvation Army Building, Ilfracombe

A 3-course meal is provided in the community cafe every Tuesday at the Salvation Army building, Torrs Park Road, Ilfracombe.

Cost – A small donation. Contact –

Incredible Edible/Waste-Not Ilfracombe

Meet on a Saturday morning 9-10am. They offer food on a donation basis at Belle’s Place, Ilfracombe.

During the summer months they are unable to provide a meal due reduction in supplies in July/August. However what food they have is available for anyone for free.

For information please check out the Waste Not Cafe – Ilfracombe Facebook page or search @wastenotllfracombe

North Devon Homes

Operate a youth club which meets throughout the school holidays in both Forches area of Barnstaple (Monday) and Slade Valley in Ilfracombe (Wednesday). The Youth Club is open to all children and includes:

  • A Junior Youth Club (ages 6–8 years). Activities include games, crafts, table tennis and much more. Cost 20p, snacks included. Every Monday 4.30-5.30pm at Forches Children Centre, Forches Avenue, Barnstaple
  • Youth club for 9-20 years with activities to suit every age. Monday evenings 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, at Forches Children Centre, Forches Avenue, Barnstaple from 16 July onwards.  Cost 50p per session, food provided. Youth club activities include giant board games, arts and crafts, table tennis, pool, Wii games and team games.
  • Slade Youth Club, Ilfracombe for 9-20 years. Every Wednesday evening 6.30-8.30pm at the Vision Centre, Slade Valley Road. Cost 50p per session, food provided.  Youth club activities include giant board games, arts and crafts, table tennis, pool, Wii games, outdoor sports, team games.

Other activities are taking place during the summer holidays.   For more information please call your local youth team on 01271 313377.


Western Devon

Holsworthy Food and Drop-in Centre

Open on Wednesday afternoons in the Manor Suite, at the back of the Memorial Hall between 2pm and 4pm.  

People with vouchers (CHIT) can collect free food parcels. These vouchers are issued by organisations including Social Services, Police, the Rector or the Health Centre.

Anyone is free to drop in to discuss problems or to socialise.


Phone: 01288 359714

Okehampton Foodbank, Okehampton Baptist Church. Email

Friday: 10am-12 noon


Mid Devon

Make Lunch, Two Moors Primary School, Tiverton

During the summer holiday Make Lunch Kitchens are being opened to provide free, healthy, cooked food for children. In Tiverton we are extending this to include families who have at least one child under the age of 11.

To book meals for your family, the day before you want to join, text or phone 07423 553237 leaving your name and how many meals you would like and include any specific dietary requirements  (e.g. vegetarian, dairy free)

The kitchen will be open from 12–1:45 on:

  • Mon 23 July, Thurs 26 July
  • Mon 30 July, Thurs 2 Aug
  • Mon 6 Aug, Thurs 9 Aug
  • Mon 13 Aug, Thurs 16 Aug
  • Mon 20 Aug and Thurs 23 Aug

Meet other families, enjoy a meal or just have time and space to enjoy playing with your children without the distraction of home.

At the Tiverton Kitchen we are also providing a range of art, craft, games, stories and other activities all for free.

Come to one session – or all 10.

Tiverton Foodbank, 28, Gold Street, Tiverton.  Phone 01884 255606 email

Voucher issued by local service professionals.

Monday – Friday: 10am-12 noon, and 2-4pm

Tiverton Baptist Church – Luncheon Club, Tiverton Baptist Church, Newport Street, Tiverton

Thursday of each month from 12.30pm.

Meet people and enjoy a good, well-cooked meal, for which there is a small charge, followed by a 20-minute talk from a speaker.

Whether you are a regular visitor or would like to come for the first time, please call Susan or Pam by the Monday before the date you wish to come, to book your place.

Phone Susan on 01884 256017 or Pam on  01884 257883

Cost:  £4

Crediton Foodbank, Congregational Church, Crediton. Phone 01363 772577

Vouchers can be redeemed on Tuesdays 10am-12 noon and Fridays 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

Phone messages picked up daily.

Clients of the foodbank need to bring a voucher from a referral agency which verifies their need. Organisations able to do this are: Citizens Advice Bureau, the work club at the library, health professionals, children’s centre, Age Concern, CHAT, Local Welfare Assistance and Schools.

Please call for more information or help.

Cullompton Foodbank, St Andrew’s Community Centre, Pye Corner, Cullompton, Thursdays: 9.30am – 11.30am

Vouchers are issued by local service professionals.

St Andrew’s Church, Cullompton

Summer Mondays 10am–1pm – £1 per session, lunch included.
Three running during the summer.

Email Carrie Tucker:


Southern Devon

Sid Valley Foodbank , Unitarian Chapel, Old Meeting, All Saints Road, Sidmouth

Phone: 07413 858335 or email

Fridays 12 noon- 3pm. Food Collections: Fridays 1-3pm

Referral is required from various public service bodies. If unsure please contact the foodbank.

St Luke’s Church, Buckfastleigh

St Luke’s Buckfastleigh has a foodbank, which operates on Friday mornings in the church 9.30-11.30am.

Phone:  01364 644875

Mr Candy’s Afternoon Tea – Ilsington and Liverton

  • Wednesday 15 August 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Ilsington Village Hall
  • Wednesday 22 August 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Liverton Village Hall

There will be light refreshments and activities for children.

Anne Parkinson, St Michael’s, email – Phone – 01364 661371

Kingsbridge Foodbank

Free food for families in need.

Email –

Phone – 01548 853287

Marketplace Food Bank, 2a Burke Road, Totnes

Open Tues, Weds, Thurs 10.30am-12.20pm and 2pm-3pm.

Just drop in for emergency food parcel – simple referral needed for ongoing support. Marketplace drop-in also offers a hot lunch at about 11am from Monday to Friday, as well as clothes and access to showers.

Phone: 01803 840354

Caring Town Information Exchange, The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes

Signposting service for local people around health, care and wellbeing.

Phone: 01803 864450

Email –


Children’s centres

Any families with a child aged 0-8 years can go to their local children’s centre for support, including referral into the local foodbank and citizens’ advice.

Find your local children’s centre.

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