Families and individuals can get free food from a number of places in the Glasgow area. Some of the resources available are located at churches to soup kitchens. There are also charities that have opened more traditional foodbanks in the area. Many of the centres will also offer other assistance, such as toiletries, personal items, or serve special Christmas meals.
The hours and resources available at each food bank will vary, so it is often recommended to call in advance. There may be canned items, fruits, meats, rice or milk available to the needy. Locations may have emergency boxes of food created to meet the needs of older people or children. Depending on the location in Glasgow, some people may also get clothing or personnel items in addition to a bag of groceries. Other non-perishable food may be served too.
Many are open limited hours and provide help on a first come and served basis. The amount of food items provided is limited to only a few days worth. Due to demand, queues may form at the various Glasgow centres, and please be prepared for that.
The terms of each location will vary. For example, many of the area foodbanks require individuals to have vouchers from social services or maybe a local CAB. Or clients may need a referral from a church or charity in the Glasgow area.
Emergency food parcels from charities and churches
Blawarthill Parish Church – The religious centre operates a food bank on site. The address is Millbrix Avenue, Scotstoun, Glasgow, G14 0EP. Donations from the community, such as non-perishable tinned goods, are provided to the needy and seniors. Christmas and holiday meals may be served too. Call 44 141 579 6521.
Calton Parkhead Parish Church operates the Glasgow NE foodbank. The survival kit from the centre may have rice, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, pasta, baby food, squash, long-life milk, cereal, tinned fruit and even nappies, if needed by the parent. The office is at 142 Helenvale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, G31 4NA. The telephone number is 07779224521.
Ibrox Parish Church runs the SW foodbank in the Glasgow area. This location is part of the not-for-profit Trussell Trust as well. They are a leading charity in the UK. Individuals on a low income can get up to 3 days of emergency food which may be served to low income families and the less fortunate. Clifford Street, Glasgow, G51 1QL, phone 07950 771877. Vouchers are needed to get a food parcel from this church.
United Reformed Church may have help for the needy. Address is Authurlie Street, Barrhead, Glasgow, G78 2RB.
Vineyard Church has a food bank open on Saturdays. The charity mostly helps people in north and West Glasgow. What may be provided includes free parcels of food, toiletries, dental care items, baby formula, and much more. Read details on the Vineyard Church Storehouse programmes.
Meals and other foodbanks in Glasgow
Cadogan Street Soup Kitchen – They serve free breakfast and meals most days of week. The homeless also receive help from the charity. Volunteers are needed to both donate and serve lunches or other meals. Cadogan Street, telephone 0141 636 6633.
Clyde, Avon & Nethan operates a free emergency foodbank for the needy. The location is based at Trinity Cottage, 96 Union Street, Larkhall, ML9 1EF. Dial 07591 104027 for information.
Council support issued from the welfare fund can help provide food to the needy and vulnerable. The assistance provided by each authority will vary, but in general low income families facing an emergency can get some type of aid. This may include a voucher to a food bank located in Glasgow, free parcels of groceries, or a hot meal. They may receive clothing, advice and other support, and learn more on the Scottish Welfare Funds and grants.
East Dunbartonshire foodbank – Individuals facing poverty may get meals or emergency boxes of food. Social workers may have referrals to housing and other support as well from this charity organisation. Address is 52 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 1NL, Telephone: 0141 578 6006.
East Renfrewshire has a charity food bank that aims to help young people and children. They may receive food and free meals. Main phone 0141 876 9570. The items served are focused on the needs of children and infants, and can even include baby nappies and milk for children.
Glasgow City Mission – Provides a drop in service for the homeless and vulnerable. The Glasgow location may have sandwiches, scones, tea, and more. The location is at 20 Crimea St, and the phone number of the location is 141 221 2630. The hours of grocery distribution and meals being served are 8:00pm to 10:00pm. There is also a shelter and advice centre on city, and find Glasgow City Mission programmes.
Glasgow SE food bank – For information on programmes, call the location. Those individuals with vouchers may get free fruits, vegetables, baked goods, or a box of food. Clothing, blankets, and referrals to other benefits are offered. 173 Butterbiggins Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, G42 7AS, dial 0141 423 2418 or 0141 423 7101.
Hamilton District is served by St Andrew’s Parish Church of Scotland. This location may have free tinned goods, free food, meats, milks, and more is served. Vouchers are usually needed for this Trussell Trust affiliated food bank. Address is Church Street, Blantyre, Glasgow, G72 0NY. Or call the charity at 07884 451512.
Kirkintilloch Baptist Church gas a free food bank on site. The centre is for families living in poverty or that need to be linked to government schemes. For people with a voucher, they may be given an emergency box of food, perishable groceries, nappies, and more. More on Kirkintilloch Baptist Church programmes.
Loaves and Fishes is leading charity and soup kitchen in the area. The homeless and poor can get help and referrals to social services. There is support for people with a physical disability too. There may also be free Christmas meals and food items for the low income and vulnerable in Glasgow. 15 Carron Pl, Glasgow G75 0YL, call 1355 224375 for information. Or read more details on Loaves and fishes in Glasgow.
Lodging House Mission – There may be free breakfasts, such as tea, rolls, cereal, coffee and bowl of cereal. Individuals on a low income in glasgow are main clients. The address is 35 E Campbell St, Glasgow G1 5DT. Telephone number is 141 552 0285, or get help from LHM programmes.
The Marie Trust has free meals. Those and more are offered to the homeless from this charity soup kitchen. Volunteers and donations are used. Address is 32 Midland St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 4PR. For information on vouchers and how to get a parcel, call 141 221 0169.
Missionaries of Charity has tinned goods and referrals. A voucher is needed to use the service. To get a referral, families in poverty can call upon their local council or CAB office. 186 Braidcraft Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G53 5DZ, telephone – 141 883 2785.
NW Region of Glasgow. The charity may have fresh baker goods, referrals to government benefits, and emergency food is provided. Address: Millbrix Avenue, Scotstoun, Glasgow, G14 0EP, telephone 07787334012.
Paisley and District Evangelical Alliance – Using donations from churches and Glasgow businesses, the location has boxes of food for the needy and people facing poverty or the unemployed. Social workers and other care professionals are often on site to offer signposting and other aid. 31 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NG.
Renfrewshire food bank has limited help for the vulnerable and families on a low income. There is also help for older people too. In some cases, an elederly person can have a hot meal delivered to them, and call 0141 889 7999.
Rutherglen & Cambuslang – Call the not-for profit for assistance with food needs. Volunteers and advisers offer referrals. In addition, those that are eligible can get a box off food for free. There may be up to 3 days worth provided. This is a Trussel Trust network site, and the location is 2 Kirkwood Street, Rutherglen, G73 2SL. Telephone 07745 038 795.
Salvation Army in Glasgow locations are below – Both social services, referrals and emergency aid is available. Social workers may have clothing or blanket for a homeless person, and this is in addition to a bag of groceries or meal. There is also a special Christmas programme from this faith based charity.
- Address – 91 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, phone 141 334 7253.
- 44 Golspie St, Glasgow, United Kingdom, telephone 141 445 6272.
- William Hunter House, 70 Oxford St, Glasgow, tel: 44 141 429 5201.
Unity in the Community – A food bank of site is for the vulnerable and families with low income. Other assistance is for individuals with government benefits, as many clients of the charity have had a reduction in their welfare payments. 118 Langlands Rd, Glasgow City G51 3BU, United Kingdom. The phone number is 44 141 425 1122.
Wayside Club Centre provides free Christmas meals to hundreds of Glasgow residents. The food bank on site provides additional assistance to the vulnerable as well to prevent hunger, and read more Wayside Club Centre programmes.
Whiteinch Church aims at providing food and support to people local to western Glasgow. The centre only provides hot meals or a free parcel of food on Sunday’s. The box of groceries may have noodles, pasta, and more. There is also Christmas food baskets provided during the month of December. Locate the assistance programmes from Whiteinch Church.