For people in crisis who need help to access free food, there are several services that may be able to help you. The following services cover 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.

Fresh Chicken Dinner Boxes

Fresh ingredients to make a meal. Self-referral for families in need. Can offer prepared meals to B&Bs and hostels to be heated in microwaves. See their Facebook page for more information or email: [email protected]

East Lothian Councils Shielding Response Team

Provide support at a local level. Once you receive a national Shielding letter they can help you respond to it and support you with any concerns or needs you have at this time. Managed by a team of trusted staff from East Lothian Council and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership.

To contact them for support and advice call the Covid-19 helpline on 01875 824300 (from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week) or email: [email protected]

Connected Community Bases

The Connected Communities Team work closely with local Resilience Groups to help you access prepared meals, to collect shopping, and support people in need of care.

To contact them for support and advice call the Covid-19 helpline on 01875 824300 (from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week) or email: [email protected]

Children in receipt of Free School Meals

Children can get their lunches delivered on a weekly basis. Read this news article to find out more.

Adults who used other Council resources 

Day Centres and Resource Centres will continue to receive food as per the existing provision agreement. Please contact the service directly if to have any queries or concerns in relation to food provisions.

Musselburgh

Basic Banks

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.

Preston Seton Gosford

Fundamental Foods

Operating a week day pantry with fresh food, frozen and toiletries. They can deliver hot food too. Pantries running from: Pennypit Pagoda (11am-1pm) & Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Centre (9am-5pm). You can collect from the above pick up points if you follow social distancing guidance or they can drop off if self-isolating.

Referrals via through social media (Facebook and Twitter @PennypitSport

Tranent Area

Fundamental Foods

Operating a week day pantry with fresh food, frozen and toiletries. They can deliver hot food too. Pantry runs from: St Martins Church (11am-1pm).

You can collect from the above pantry if you follow the guidance or they can drop off if self-isolating.

Referrals via through social media (Facebook and Twitter) @PennypitSport

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.

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]