Please note TTL does not run any of the food banks. Please contact them directly.
Here’s a handy summary of the food banks in Lewes – what donations they are looking for and when and where to donate – plus what to do if you need the support of a food bank.




  • Tinned goods – baked beans, meat, meatballs, sausages, tomatoes
  • Tinned fruit and veg
  • Rice and pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Cereals
  • Biscuits
  • Eggs
  • Tea, coffee, juices, hot chocolate
  • Sanitary products – towels, not tampons please
  • Toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, shower gel…
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cleaning products such as multi surface sprays, washing powder, toilet rolls…
  • Carrier bags for distribution, and empty egg boxes – Landport have more than enough egg-boxes, but Fitzjohn are accepting them.


  • At Waitrose, Tesco or Aldi, in the collections near the tills
  • To Landport Foodbank – email to arrange drop off time at 2A Horsfield Road, Landport, Lewes BN7 2TA
  • To Fitzjohn’s Food Bank, Christ Church, Prince Edward’s Road, Lewes BN7 1BL, Mondays 10.30am – 1pm. Leave in collection bin under porch outside main entrance, email, tel. 07395 156873
  • Malling Food Bank, King’s Church, Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY  Mondays between 12:00 – 1:30pm. Email For emergencies please contact Anna Scott Malling Food Bank Coordinator on 07539306585.
  • Ringer Foodbank, Library at Ringmer Village Hall, open Monday 11am-12 noon. To donate food email

How to use a food bank
People needing to use the foodbanks can be referred direct by referrers including GPs/Healthcare staff, Lewes District Council – Housing Services or Adult Social Care, Lewes Children’s Centre, housing associations and social housing providers, Citizen’s Advice or local church leaders.

If you are in need, please DO NOT turn up to a food bank without either a referral or contacting the foodbank first. This will help the team to be super careful about hygiene and social distancing and keep everyone safe.


Emergency food

Lewes District Food Partnership has an up-to-date list of emergency food providers on their website, click here.


Lewes Community Fridge

Run by volunteers, Lewes Community Fridge is open each Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm at 2 Fisher Street, Lewes, with a focus on fresh and perishable food. Anyone is welcome to drop in and see what’s available. Anyone can use a Community Fridge – you don’t need a referral and there’s no limit on how many times you can visit. If you have a question or would like to donate produce, email


  1. Julie Mortimer

    I notice that Education staff are not mentioned on the list of referrers. Is this no longer the case? I also wondered if you were in need of volunteers?
    Thanks, Julie

    • Julia

      Hi lovely readers
      The article above gives you some contact details so contact the food banks and ask them directly. I am sure they would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.

    • Paul Bone

      Free fresh finger food available at The Green Man Ringmer after over estimation of numbers for a wake

      • Claire

        I have a case of organic cornflakes 12 boxes in all. Due
        expire April 2024.
        Any takers
        should I

        • TTL

          Hi Claire, why not ask the Community Fridge, contact them by email here:
          or pop into Lewes Community Fridge on Fisher St, open Saturdays 10.30 to 12.30

  2. Secret Santa

    Apologies for the slightly silly pseudonym.

    I’d like to contribute, but by writing a substantial cheque each month rather than buying hundreds of items myself. Food banks are better judges than contributors such as myself what they need to buy in bulk. Also, I’d like to spread my donation around, rather than giving it all to just one food bank.

    Is there a simple way of doing this?

    • Julia

      Hi lovely readers
      The article above gives you some contact details so contact the food banks and ask them directly. I am sure they would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.

      • Susan

        Are you doing a reverse advent calendar this year and if so, what kind of Christmassy donations would you like?

  3. Jill Goulder

    Hello –
    The Malling foodbank has moved – I’m told that it’s at the Enterprise Centre next to BP on Malling Hill. I assume that it’s still on Mondays.
    I was recently told that the Fitzjohn foodbank is open 10.30-1 on Mondays; there is a lady in Southover who keeps a box on her doorstep for the Fitzjohn bank – email them for details.
    Poor Debbie Twitchen of the Landport foodbank is in hospital after major surgery, but is answering emails and bravely managing to keep the bank open.
    Landport have more than enough egg-boxes, but Fitzjohn are accepting them.

  4. Anna

    Hi, the Malling Foodbank has moved and now operates out of Kings Church on Brooks road on a Monday.

    • TTL

      Thanks Anna, I will update the details now

  5. luisa Baldwin

    Hi do you need volunteers to collect food or deliver food to those who need it?

  6. Joanna Parrott

    I have a pantry full of various foods caned and dried foods can someone tell me where to deliver them. I am not familiar with the area so I need directions. I live in Plantations East in Lewes. I am moving and don’t want to through out anything someone can use. Please contact me at 703-969-5800

  7. Emma

    This is Lewes UK not Lewes Delaware 🙂

  8. Jane

    Aldi has had a foodbank collection bin by the tills for quite a while now, so maybe you can update this text….

  9. Alison

    Is there still a collection box outside a house on Cluny street ?

  10. Michaela

    Hi I meant to be referred by my doctor but don’t know what’s happening

    • TTL

      Hi Michaela, Transition Town Lewes only shows info on where the food banks are, it doesn’t have anything to do with referrals. There is a Community fridge on Fisher Street which is open to anyone – Saturday mornings 10.30 -12.30, just turn up and see what’s there.

  11. Fiona Harrison

    Do any of the Lewes UK food banks accept home grown produce? – potatoes, marrows, peas etc?

    • TTL

      The Community Fridge on Fisher Street would love to have your home grown produce. Just bring it to them on a Saturday morning. The Community Fridge gives away and accepts food from anyone, no referrals needed. 2 Fisher Street, Lewes, Saturdays from 10.30 to 12.30.


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