Community Food Share
Wycliffe Church is working with a local supermarket to make un-used food available to local residents, rather than throwing it away.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm
Address: Wycliffe Baptist Church, 233 Kings Road, Reading
Fridge for the community
Community Fridge is open Wednesday midday to 1pm, Thursday 6 to 7pm and Friday 6 to 7pm. They offer a selection of free fresh and non-perishable food. This is a drop-in service with no referral needed to attend.
Telephone: 07421 998 208
Address: Queens Arms, Great Knollys St, Reading RG1 7HL
New Beginnings is an all day cafe is for all who want to sit and relax in a friendly and happy atmosphere. It is a completely free service that everyone is welcome to attend. Hot and cold drinks are provided all day, along with a selection of biscuits and cakes.
Every Tuesday we provide a sit-in meal for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy a freshly cooked meal. Once a month we also hold a little event during our Tuesday service. Currently this includes Quizzes or Bingo.
Telephone: 07421 998208
Address: Queens Arms, Great Knollys St, Reading RG1 7HL
Whitley Community Development Association staff and volunteers have been working with local partners such as Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Aldi, Co-op, Bidfood and many others to provide surplus food free to anyone who needs it.
The Food Surplus Project is open on a self-help basis – just pop along and take what you need. If you can make a small donation that would be very much appreciated as every penny is used to provide more food.
Food Surplus Project is open: Monday to Friday 10am to 1.30pm at The South Reading Community Hub, 252 – 262 Northumberland Ave. Reading, RG2 7QA
Norcot Pantry for a weekly subscription of £4.00 you will have access to food including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites that will often value £15-20.
The Pantry is at Norcot Mission Church on Brockley Close, each Friday between 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm for residents of the Dee Road estate and around Norcot only.
The Weller Centre is located on the Amersham Road Estate, aims to help anyone in need throughout Caversham with food, clothes, furniture, internet access, printing, and signposting, no referral needed.
We are able to supply families in the RG4 area with basic food packages, both fresh and dry foodstuffs.
Telephone: 0118 9475828
Sadaka provides twice weekly a nutritional and warm meal alongside a bottle of water, a bag of crisps, a cereal bar, a piece of fruit, and a dessert.
Alongside the hot meal service, Sadaka also provides our service users with a bag of groceries that includes long-life food and toiletries.
Telephone: 0118 324 6565
Address: Fairview Community Centre 90b Great Knolly’s Street, Reading, RG1 7HL
Dee Caf Community Cafe is an eco-community cafe in the heart of the Dee Park Estate.
A community fridge is available to the public on Wednesday 3pm to 3:30pm.
Contact cafe directly for more information or visit their website.
Torch Hub is an organisation promoting various food and drink events (free, priced and donation), hosted by local churches including seniors lunch (donation), community night (free)
Dates, times and locations of events are on their website.
Telephone: 0118 380 0260
Reading Red Kitchen is a social food bank focused on supporting asylum seekers in Reading. Visit their website for more information.
Pet food banks
Berkshire Pet Food Bank can be contacted if you are struggling with the cost of pet food or other items relating to your pet.
Check if there are any other pet food banks in your area. The RSPCA have a guide to support pet owners with the cost of living and the cost of having a pet, including help with vet bills and other advice and support.
Veg4Reading have many gardens across Reading. They run courses on how to grow food.
Reducing your food costs
You may be able to reduce your costs by:
Last updated on 03/04/2023
Help with food costs
We will be distributing Cost of Living vouchers this winter to people who are struggling to cope with soaring energy bills and food prices. The vouchers are targeted to residents who need the most help. This includes families with school aged children eligible for pupil premium free school meals, vulnerable children up to nursery age and care leavers.
Older people receiving state pension and also on the council tax reduction scheme, or in receipt of housing benefit, as well as older people receiving the state pension and in receipt of pension credit or savings credit and not on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will also receive support.
There is no need to contact the council about the vouchers. The council holds a list of eligible residents and will contact them directly.
Free food parcels
If you are struggling with paying for food, you need a referral to Reading’s food bank Readifood. A professional organisation or charity must make the referral. Speak to any professional you are working with for a referral. You can also contact one of the local advice agencies if you are not in touch with an organisation already.
If you are struggling for food currently, please contact the Debt Advice Team. They will be able to provide you with details of where you can go to get a food handout as soon as possible.
Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)
If you get Universal credit, you can apply online if:
If you get Child Tax Credit, you can apply online if:
Free school meals
If you are receiving an income-based benefit (not including Working Tax Credit) you could receive free school meals. Contact school for more information and to apply.