If you do not have enough money to buy or cook food, there are organisations in Bradford that can help you. This could be :
- emergency help with food supplies, from a food bank
- a free meal – every day of the week (take-away, during Covid)
- ‘pay-as-you-feel’ cafes
- free classes – with refreshments
Ring 01274 431000 – for help with getting food
Choose Option 1 – Covid Support
You can always get a free meal in Bradford, if you need it. No-one should go hungry.
Free meals are available 7 days a week. Get details from the Bradford Meal Provision Directory. This is Covid-updated.
Also – in normal times (phone or check online first, during Covid) :
- Bradford Community Kitchen, by referral, hot meal, Sundays 1-3pm
- Cook and Eat BD1 Bevan Wellbeing Centre. Wednesdays 12:00-14:00
- Bevan Wellbeing Breakfast BD1 4HT – Dale Street
Breakfast with support workers – Wednesdays 9:00-10:00
- Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara Open any day if you are hungry 7:00-20:00 (before 16:00 Sundays).
- Drop In Cafe Three course meal (including vegetarian) + chat.
Learn – and eat together
Sometimes at informal classes you will be able to get hot drinks and snacks. For example at Beacon CHAT you can get tea, coffee, fruit and croissants.
Food Banks in Bradford work on a voucher system.
If you have no money to buy food, you can get emergency help. You can:
- Phone: Bradford Citizens Advice 0808 208 2138. Talk to an adviser.
If needed, they may be able to give you a food bank voucher.
- Or explain to a professional person you know (e.g. school, housing support, church, mosque, charity worker). Ask if they can refer you.
Pay As You Feel (PAYF) Cafes
There are some PAYF cafes in Bradford.
They offer food which would normally be thrown away, but is still good to eat.
Some cafes may charge a set price for drinks, but you only pay what you can for food.