In light of the recent decision by Conservative MP’s to stop free meal vouchers for children eligible for free school meals over the upcoming half term, a list of businesses in Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Lewes, and surrounding areas offering free meals for those in need. Below is a list of locations, availability, timings, and contact information.

All you need to do is turn up at the time and dates specified, and they’ll take care of you - contact information is there if anybody needs it, but unless specified there is no need to pre-book or speak to anyone in advance.

If you are not in need, please consider this a list of businesses to support as and when you can, and thank you to all involved, your efforts will certainly not be forgotten when the week is over. To add your business to this list, you can contact me on Twitter at @katiec2210, where I also have a continuously-updated thread.

Last updated 27/10/20 19:36pm.

BN1 Area

  • Riddle & Finns, King’s Road Arches/Meeting House Lane, offering specially-made kid-friendly lunches. @riddleandfinnsbn1 on Instagram, 01273 821 218
  • The Set, Regency Square, dan@thesetrestaurant.com
  • The Fiveways Deli, Ditchling Road, offering home cooked dinners Monday-Saturday, both veggie and meat options available. 01273 553 535
  • Yefsis of Greece, London Road, offering meals and fruit Tuesday-Saturday, info@yefsis.com
  • Gems Wholesome Kitchen, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, offering plant-based soups for collection on Monday between 5-7pm. Contact 07576 545 434 - delivery also possible.
  • Block Bar, St James’ Street, kids eat free with brunch 12-2:30pm, Thursday and Friday, 01273 673 891
  • The Caxton Arms, North Gardens, free kids meat/veggie pasta bolognese with any food/drink bought, Wednesday/Thursday 4-6pm, Friday/Saturday 12-5pm
  • The Ethicurean Guild, The Prince George (Trafalgar Street) and The Foundry (Foundry Street), Monday-Friday 12-2/3ish, DM @EthicureanEdd on Twitter, or contact The Ethicurean Guild on Facebook
  • Real Junk Food, Hollingdean Community Centre Thursday 12:30-2pm and Gardner Street Thursday-Saturday 12:30-3:30pm, pay what you can. @realjunkfoodBri on Twitter.
  • Good Companions, Dyke Road, hot meals or cold packed lunch Tuesday-Saturday. Call or text 07776 252 072 - menu available on Facebook.
  • The Level Café, The Level, Ditchling Road. Ask for “the children’s special”, no further questions asked. Wednesday-Sunday 12-3pm, 01273 270 707
  • Little Angel’s Nursery, Whitethorn Drive, offering bags of food/ingredients 10-11am Monday-Friday (except Wednesday). 01273 380 067.
  • Trollburger outside the Evening Star pub, Surrey Street, offering free kids burgers Thursday-Saturday 12-8pm (both vegan and meat options available). @trollburgerbn1 on Twitter.
  • The Old Boat Community Centre, Carden Park, Carden Hill, sandwiches/toasties/pasta meals available from the menu 9:30am-1:30pm Monday-Friday. Also looking for donations if anyone is able to (see GoFundMe link below). 01273 540 779, oldboatccc@gmail.com. GoFundMe: https://gf.me/u/y57j92
  • Chilli Shaak at Clyde News, Clyde Road. Offering fruit, sandwich, and a juice carton to any child usually receiving free school meals. 07577 411 659
  • Chef Wendy, Junction Café, Isetta Square, New England Street, serving ready packaged meals to cook at home 12-3pm Tuesday. Three meals plus a drink, snack, and fruit. 07535 900 889
  • Erpingham House, vegan restaurant, Duke Street, all children from 4-16 can eat free when ordering from the children’s menu, Tuesday-Friday 12-3pm. Adults do not need to purchase a meal for their child to receive one. @erpinghamhousebtn on Instagram, 01273 284 084
  • Crêpeaffaire, East Street, offering free kids meals Monday-Friday. Please book in advance by calling 01273 778 181
  • Brighton Rock Café, Hollingbury Place, offering free meat/veggie sausage and chips Monday-Friday 12-2pm. 07507 750 137
  • Tilt Café, Preston Drove, offering free kids meals Monday-Friday 10am-2pm. Please ask to speak to Kate. 07983 971 553
  • Kindly of Brighton, Dyke Road, offering nutritional, plant-based meals and a coffee for parents. They’re giving out pasta and a pot of sauce to cook at home, and a piece of fruit. No phone number provided, but they have a Facebook page if anyone would like to get in touch.
  • Cleveland Arms, Cleveland Road, offering free children’s meals Monday-Friday, option to dine in or collect to take away. Please call 01273 502 396 or email info@clevelandarmsbrighton.co.uk
  • The Ladies Mile, Mackie Avenue, offering food parcels to anyone in need. Can vary in requirements and can include fresh meat, fruit and veg, milk, cheese, etc. Please message them on Facebook or call 01273 554 647
  • Bison Beach Bar, Madeira Drive, offering meals 12-8pm. Please follow the following link for menu details and to book (all free of charge): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-school-meals-tickets-126728705971
  • Metrodeco, Upper St. James’ Street, offering free lunch bags Monday-Friday, please call 01273 677 243 to arrange collection

BN2 Area

  • Roundhill Crescent, offering sandwiches, soups, and pasta salads - contact @beawalker_ on Twitter for details.
  • Camden Pie Co., Freshfield Estate next to Screwfix, Stevenson Road, offering free sausage rolls.
  • Loveabowl Tiffin Cafe, Brownleaf Road, offering hot lunch and a piece of fruit, 12-2pm Monday-Thursday, delivery possible after 2pm. Contact claire@loveabowl.co.uk
  • Downs Hotel, Warren Road, open to Woodingdean residents Monday-Wednesday, contact Downs Hotel on Facebook to book a place
  • Bav’s Shop, Southover Street, offering boxes of grapes, apples, carrots, and cherry tomatoes, with cheese sandwiches also available. Offer open from Monday. 01273 604 609
  • Java Community Café, Warren Way, offering free hot and cold meals to children under 12. Ask for the Halloween menu. Can show up in person, but calling in advance is recommended due to limited social distance seating. 01273 308 840

BN3 Area

  • Hixon Green, Church Road, Tuesday and Thursday 12-2pm, and a free tea or coffee for parents also offered. @hixongreen on Twitter, or contactable on 01273 770 011
  • V and H Café, Holland Road, free eggs on toast or bacon sandwich, Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-2pm. 01273 321 147
  • The Ethicurean Guild, The Stoneham (Portland Road) and The Southern Belle (Waterloo Street), 12-2/3ish Monday-Friday, contact @EthicureanEdd on Twitter or The Ethicurean Guild on Facebook.
  • Nostos, Holland Road, children eat free all week 12pm-4pm. @NostosHove on Twitter, 01273 713 059. Contact Kyriakos on 07969 774 940
  • Big Slice Pizza Co., pop-up at Platform 9, Hove Town Hall, corner of Church Road/Tisbury Road, offering a free pizza slice on Wednesday.
  • Shandiz, Church Road, offering chicken/chips/rice Monday to Friday 1pm-3pm. 01273 721 838.
  • The Exchange, Goldstone Street, offering free lunch with discreet collection Monday-Thursday 12pm-3pm. Please email speaktoplate@gmail.com to arrange.
  • Bankers, Hangleton Road, offering free hot meals Monday-Friday from 12-2pm. Say that “the meal is for Marcus”, and if you would feel more comfortable ordering over the phone, then you can do so there as well, and collect it afterwards. 01273 327 925
  • Hove Fish Shack, Hove Beach, providing a free take-away meal in a bag for you to cook at home. Monday-Friday 10:30am-2pm, please message via their Facebook page.

BN41 Area

  • Athena B, Station Road, fish & chips offering 1 meal per child up to 3 per family. @athenabportslade on Instagram, or 01273 414 803.
  • Sasso Pizza, Station Road, offering free margherita pizza or pasta bolognese from Monday to Friday between 1-5pm. Just mention half term when you order. 01273 380 000

BN7 Area

  • Lewes FC, Mountfield Road, both hot lunches and packed lunches available, as well as meat and veggie options. Free tea and biscuits for parents also on offer. 12-2pm Monday to Friday, 01273 472 100.
  • Café 12/31, Abinger Place, offering pasta bowl or panini plus tea for parents, Monday-Friday 12-2pm. 07748 644 570
  • Hixon Green, Friars Walk, anything from the children’s menu & tea/coffee for parents. Tuesday & Thursday 12-2pm. 01273 499 052
  • Irma’s Café & Bistro, South Street, please contact in advance for information on 01273 475 536.
  • King’s Head, Southover High Street, offering kids meals Monday-Thursday 12-2pm. Mention free school meals to bar staff on arrival. 01273 474 628
  • Landport Community Café, offering hot meals delivered on Wednesday evening. Order as many meals as you will need online for free, donations appreciated but not necessary. Further details available on their Facebook page. Book via text to 07598 087 455

BN8 Area

  • Café Ganges, Springett Avenue, offering evening meals. Please contact in advance via WhatsApp or text, 07946 588 911

BN9 Area

  • Hampden Arms, Heighton Road, unfortunately cannot seem to find details for this one to save my life, though it is almost 2am so I’ll check again in the morning. 01273 514 529
  • Flying Fish, Denton Road, please call for more info. 01273 515 440

BN10 Area

  • Peacehaven & Telscombe FC, Piddinghoe Avenue, 12-2pm Monday-Friday. @PT_FC on Twitter, please text 07767 400 055 with your name and number of meals required.

BN11 Area

  • St. Matthew’s Church, Tarring Road, 12-1pm Tuesday & Wednesday. Book a place at stmatthewsworthing.org/holidaylunches or speak to Karen on 01903 207 024.
  • Shorely Scrumptious, Crescent Road, anything from the children’s menu available Tuesday-Friday, 01903 205 204
  • Aunty Bunny’s Hut, Montague Quarter Shopping Centre, Tuesday-Friday. @HutAunty on Twitter, please call or email in advance 07403 761 933 / auntybunnyshut@outlook.com
  • Pitch Restaurant, Warwick Street, 11am-12pm Tuesday-Friday. @restaurantpitch on Twitter, 01903 952 460
  • Cactus Kitchen Gals, Colonnade/High Street, veggie/vegan and gluten free available, Friday 11:30am-3pm. 01903 340 605
  • Crabshack, Marine Parade, offering a hot children’s takeaway meal Monday-Friday. Please email before 12 noon. info@crabshackworthing.co.uk

BN14 Area

  • Jordan’s Café, South Farm Road, offering 1 meal per child up to 2 per group, Monday-Thursday. @jordanscafeBN14 on Twitter, 01903 202 835
  • Bee Sweet Ice Cream Parlour, South Farm Road, waffle and fruit portion per child, Monday-Friday, 07565 700 235

BN25 Area

  • Seaford Town FC, Bramber Lane, 12-2pm Monday-Friday, @seafordtownfc on Twitter, 01323 890 211