Free or low-cost food during summer holidays 2019

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. You can see full details by selecting the areas below.

Blue squares = Foodbanks, Red circles = Other provision

  • Exeter

    Cook. Move. Create., St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Exeter

    A free summer programme taking place during the summer holidays for children and young adults (aged 8-15). 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.

    Courses will run:

    • 29th July – 2nd August, 10:00-14:00 @ Cranbrook Education Campus
    • 5th – 9th August, 10:00-14:00 @ Cranbrook Education Campus
    • 19th – 23rd August, 10:00-14:00 @ Newtown Primary School

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

    Salvation Army Community Lunch

    Salvation Army, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ

    Join the Salvation Army for a community lunch, every Sunday 1-2pm.

    Food Cycle Exeter

    Wonford Community and Learning Centre, Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, EX2 6NF

    Join FoodCycle Exeter for a tasty 3 course meal made from surplus food. They’re delicious, nutritious and totally free. Every Tuesday from 18:00.


    Exeter Food Fight

    NatWest, Cowick St, Exeter , EX4 1DE

    Exeter Food Fight offer free vegetarian cooked meals and cake every Sunday, 11am-1pm.

    Exeter Foodbank

    The Beacon Community Centre, Beacon Lane, Beacon Heath, Exeter EX4 8LZ and The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT

    Monday – Friday, 11:30-14:00 @ The Mint Methodist Church
    Friday, 10:00-12:00 @ Beacon Community Centre

    Please note – the foodbank remains a referral only service.  Contact Foodbank for details of agencies registered to distribute vouchers –

    Chatterbox Community Café, Alphington 

    Alphington Village Hall, Ide Lane, Exeter, EX2 8UP

    A community run café open every Friday morning, 9:00 – 12:00, providing light refreshments. There are no fixed prices – customers are welcome to donate whatever they wish.

    contact: 01392 662553

    Community Café, Wonford 

    Wonford Community and Learning Centre, Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, EX2 6NF

    A community run café providing low cost food and free meals for families during the school holidays. Open every Thursday 10am – 1pm.

    contact: 01392 217868 or email

  • Eastern Devon

    Seaton Foodbank

    Number 1, Harepath Road, Seaton, EX12 3JQ

    Wednesday – 14:00-16:00

    Please note – this is a referral only service. Vouchers are issued by local service professionals, Children’s Centre, East Devon District Council, Churches, Social Services, Health professionals and other statutory services.

    Contact: 07598927997 or

    Ottery St Mary Foodbank

    United Reformed Church, Jesu Street, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1EU

    Friday – 13:30-14:30

    Please note – this is a referral only service. Vouchers are issued by local service professionals, Children’s Centre, East Devon District Council, Churches, Social Services, Health professionals and other statutory services.

    For more information please phone 07907 232076

    Honiton Foodbank

    The King’s Centre, Lees Buildings, Hight St, Honiton, EX14 1DH

    Tuesday – 13:00-15:00
    Friday – 13:00-15:00

    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.

    Phone 07907 232076 or email

    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, EX8 1PW

    Monday – 13:30-15:00
    Friday – 13:30-15:00

    Vouchers can be applied for in the Open Door Café, Citizens Advice Bureau or EDDC Support Office, or other local statutory services.

    Contact 07749322291 or for more information.

    Open Door Exmouth

    Church Street, Exmouth, EX8 1PE

    This centre provides free hot meals during school holidays to children and their families who find themselves in need due to financial crisis. The café is open on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9.30am and 3pm.

    Contact: 01395 224218 or

    Axminster Foodbank

    Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hanover House, Chard Street, Axminster, EX13 5DZ

    Monday to Friday – 10:00-12:00

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

    Phone: 01297 32331

    NOURISH Axminster

    Axe Valley Academy, Chard Street, Axminster, EX13 5EA

    Thursday – 12:00-14:00

    Children and students entitled to free school meals have been given cards to show their eligibility for the Holiday Hunger service through their schools at the end of term.

  • Northern Devon

    Holsworthy Good Neighbours Luncheon Club

    Holsworthy Memorial Hall, North Road, Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ

    Luncheon Club held twice a week in Holsworthy, Monday and Thursday from 12pm. Cost – £4

    Phone: 01409 254180


    Torrington Foodbank

    Baptist Church, New St, Torrington, EX38 8BS and Castle Hill Building, South St, EX38 8AA

    Tuesday – 10:00-12:00 @ Baptist Church
    Saturday – 10:00-12:00 @ Castle Hill

    Please note – this is a referral service only. Vouchers issued by local service professionals.

    North Devon Welcombe Luncheon Club, Bideford

    Village Hall, Welcombe, Bideford, EX39 6HF

    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.

    If you wish to know more or want to know the dates, please call Sheila Wade on 01288 331391 or Helen on 01288 33427.

    Northern Devon Foodbanks

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

    Barnstaple, St John’s Community Centre, Rose Lane, EX32 8PG

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

    Bideford, Supreme House, Pitt Lane, EX39 3JA

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

    Ilfracombe, Salvation Army Community Hall, Torrs Park, EX34 8AY

    Tuesday and Friday: 10:30am – 1:30pm.

    South Molton, YMCA Centre, Mill St, EX36 4AS

    Thursday: 10am – 12:30pm.

    Waste-Not Café, Ilfracombe

    Belle’s Place, Lee Place, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BQ

    Open every Saturday morning 9-10am, an opportunity to collect donated fruit, vegetables and split packets from local supermarkets.

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

    North Devon Homes Youth Service

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

    • A Junior Youth Club (ages 6–8 years)
    • Youth club for 9-20 years with activities to suit every age.

    Other activities are taking place during the summer holidays.  For more information please visit NDH

  • Western Devon

    Holsworthy Foodbank and Pop-in Centre

    Manor Suite, Memorial Hall, Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ

    Every Wednesday between 2pm-4pm.

    Please note – this is a referral scheme only.

    Okehampton Foodbank

    Okehampton Baptist Church, 23 Fore St, Okehampton, EX20 1AN

    Friday: 10am-12 noon


    Food parcels are provided via a voucher scheme, please contact any of the following voucher holders; Citizens Advice Bureau, Room 12, Community Lynx, Health Visitors or Social Services.

  • Mid Devon

    Tiverton Foodbank

    Coggans Well House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, EX16 6LU

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

    Voucher issued by local service professionals, such as Children’s Centres, the CAB and the local Council.

    Phone 01884 255606  or email

    Tiverton Baptist Church – Luncheon Club

    Tiverton Baptist Church, Newport Street, Tiverton, EX16 6NH

    1st 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. Cost:  £4

    Phone Susan on 01884 256017 or Pam on  01884 257883

    Crediton Foodbank

    Congregational Church, 98 High St, Crediton, EX17 3LB

    Tuesday – 10:00 – 12:00
    Friday – 18:30 – 19:30

    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 01363 772577

    Cullompton Foodbank

    St Andrew’s Community Centre, Pye Corner, Cullompton, EX15 1JX

    Friday: 9.30am – 11.30am

    Vouchers are issued by local service professionals.

    St Andrew’s Church, Cullompton

    St Andrew’s Church, Pye Corner, Cullompton, EX15 1JX

    Summer Sessions. £1 per session, lunch included.

    29th  – 30th July, 10am – 1pm
    12th – 13th August, 10am-1pm

  • Southern Devon

    Sid Valley Foodbank

    Unitarian Chapel, Old Meeting, All Saints Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8EN

    Fridays: 1-3pm

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

    Phone: 07413 858335 or email

    Buckfastleigh Foodbank

    St Luke’s Church, Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DA

    Friday: 9:30-11:30am

    Phone:  01364 644875

    Kingsbridge Foodbank

    Horizons, Fore St, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AL

    Friday: 10-12pm.

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

    Totnes Foodbank

    2a Burke Road, Totnes

    Tuesday: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00.
    Wednesday: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00.
    Thursday: 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00.

    Just drop in for emergency food parcel – simple referral needed for ongoing support.

    Phone: 01803 840354

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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