Citizens Advice East Sussex – for referrals to local food banks

We are a Consortium of 5 Citizens Advice members : Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes District, Rother District and Wealden. We work together to provide services across the county. To find out more about an individual branch, click on the links above.

We provide free confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives.

Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.

We are part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales.

For Advice Phone us 03444 111 444

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Food access in Wealden

Food access in Wealden

Hailsham Community Fridge

The old forge

R/o 45 high street


BN27 1AN

Open 7 days a week 10:00am – 1:00pm


Tel: 07480 205399

Facebook page: Pass It On In Your Community CIC Community Fridge | Hailsham | Facebook

Open for anyone from Hailsham or the surrounding area – No referrals or forms to complete

Free fridge every day.

Uckfield Food Bank

Tel: 01825 745489

In order to get help from the foodbank, people will need a voucher issued by local agencies.

Crowborough Food Bank

 Tel: 07936 515798

Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Friday 2:15pm – 3:45pm

In order to get help from the foodbank, people will need a voucher issued by local agencies.

Forest Row Food Bank & Community Fridge


This is an independent food bank, no referral voucher needed.

The community fridge is open to everyone in the community.


Rotherfield St Martin (RSM)

Community food sharing table

Tel: 01892 853021

For anyone in Rotherfield and surrounding areas


Uckfield Community Fridge

Luxford Field, Uckfield

Open 10 – 12 on Tuesdays, Fridays (4-5:30pm) and Saturdays.

The essence behind a community fridge is to fight food waste and support local people. It does this by collecting leftover food from businesses, then making it available to whoever comes through the doors. Everyone welcome.


Hailsham Community Fridge

Hailsham East Community Centre

Vega Close

BN27 2JZ

Affordable Community Café open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

10:00am -2:00pm

Community Fridge open Mon – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm

And at

James West Community Centre

Brunel Drive

Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm



Tel: 07480 205399

Facebook page: Pass It On In Your Community CIC Community Fridge |

Hailsham | Facebook


Crowborough Community Pantry

Our aim is to reduce food waste through the kind donations of individuals, supermarkets and other charities.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the pantry.

Pop ups are (unless a change is published):
  • St Richards Church, Fermor Road TN6 3AP 10am – 10.30am
  • Hope Cafe, All Saints Church TN6 1ED 10am – 10.30am (Hope Cafe serves refreshments)

Facebook: Crowborough Community Pantry

Tel: 07712 611209

BBC Newsnight reports on latest survey results on ‘Food Insecurity’ from the Food Foundation

Latest data from The Food Foundation’s Food Insecurity Tracker, which featured on last night’s (17/10/22) BBC Newsnight programme (Watch from 28:13), show a worsening picture as the cost of living crisis deepens. The key findings are:

  • 18% of households (9.7 million adults) have experienced food insecurity in the past month – this has more than doubled since January.
  • One in four households with children (26%) have experienced food insecurity in the past month, affecting an estimated four million children. Since our last survey, this has increased at double the rate than in households without children.
  • Lack of money means cold food and cold water. 71% of households who have experienced food insecurity in the past month said they have cooked less, eaten food cold, turned off fridges or washed dishes in cold water.
  • People are also having to compromise the quality of their diets: among those experiencing food insecurity, 58% said they were buying less fruit and 48% said they were buying less vegetables.