For people in crisis who need help to access free food, there are several services that may be able to help,
Services covering the whole of East Lothian
The East Lothian Food Bank
A typical food parcel contains a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods. Some Foodbanks also provide fresh produce if they are able to. Referrals for The East Lothian Food bank are needed via a registered organisation such as Health, Social Work and CAB.
East Lothian Fareshare Hub
The East Lothian Fareshare Hub is located at the basement garage of Aldhammer House, Prestonpans High Street. Surplus supermarket food is currently available free of charge for community groups in East Lothian (until November). To find out more email: [email protected]
Free School Meals
Basics Banks (Edinburgh City Mission). Provide a 3-4 day supply of both fresh and dried groceries. Open to all and referral needed from Social Work, Health, CAB, and East Lothian Council using the online referral form.
Whitecraig Pantry at the Village Hub
Now open from 9.30am to 12noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Those experiencing difficulty and in need of emergency support with food, toiletries or pet food can call to book a time slot to collect some supplies. There is a good range of stock and sometimes fresh fruit and vegetables are available. The Pantry is not a drop-in service as the Hub remains closed. Anyone needing support needs to call Donna or Jane on 0131 653 5051 to book a time slot.
Preston Seton Gosford
Pennypit Community Development Trust in Prestonpans
Find out what's on on the Pennypit Community Development Trust FaceBook page.
Lighthouse foodbank+ run in partnership with Edinburgh City Mission
This foodbank+ is held at the Lighthouse Hub on West Loan. It is open on a Monday 10.30am-12.30pm and requires a referral for support - complete the referral form online. You can contact the centre on 07738412716.
Longniddry Community Centre Pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm. This is a drop in service for anyone experiencing low income, who is a single parent or has been affected by Coronavirus by redundancy, or reduced hours. There is a range of dry foods, toiletries and pet food. You can contact the centre for more support on [email protected] or call 01875 852933
Port Seton Pantry
Port Seton Centre Pantry is available Monday to Friday 1.00 to 4.00pm. This is a drop in service for anyone experiencing low income, who is a single parent or has been affected by Coronavirus by redundancy, or reduced hours. There is a range of dry foods, toiletries and pet food. You can contact the centre for more support on 01875 818181
Operating a week day pantry with fresh food, frozen and toiletries. They can deliver hot food too. Pantry runs from: St Martins Church 11.00am to 1.00pm. You can collect from the pantry if you follow the guidance or they can drop off if self-isolating.
Haddington and Lammermuir Area
Our Community Kitchen
Deliver hot food Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Referral needed from Health, or Social Work to: [email protected]
For more information visit the Community Kitchen Facebook page.
Haddington Community Council have secured funding to support local families who are experiencing difficulties during the pandemic; they have set up the HCC food voucher and clothing grant scheme for local families. For a referral form and further information please contact [email protected]
Dunbar and East Linton Area
Dunbar Basic Bank
Offer groceries and fresh food to all. Referral needed from Health, Social Work or the council and they need to be in by Monday for collection/ delivery on a Wednesday. Refer to: [email protected]
North Berwick Coastal
The Kindness Co-operative
Can assist people experiencing hardship needing food and other essential items who live in the North Berwick area. To find out more contact [email protected]
If you are affected by coronavirus, for example you have been told to self-isolate and you require advice about what local support may be available, contact the Council’s Covid-19 helpline on 01875 824300 (from 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week) or email: [email protected]