Struggling with buying food during lockdown?

Here's a list of charities and community groups providing free or affordable food parcels. If you know of any others that you think would be useful to include below for our tenants or others living in north Manchester, please contact us.

The Bread & Butter Thing

This charity runs food pantries from:

  • Higher Blackley Community Centre
  • Gateway at The Church of the Saviour in Collyhurst
  • St Dunstan's Primary School in Moston

Their members receive a week’s worth of shopping for as little as £3.50 for an individual and £7 for an average family.

The shopping is made up of products which supermarkets, factories and farms would usually throw out despite being fine. Because of this, members can’t choose what products they get, but all products are fresh.

If you would like to use the service, text 07860 063 304 with your full name, your postcode and the name of the pantry you would like to use: "HBCC", "St Dunstan's" or "Gateway". They will then get in touch with you.

Find out more about the service here:

Church Of The Apostles - Miles Platting

Food parcels, pastoral support, self-isolating supplies. They also have a clothes bank. 

Please contact Reverend Ellie Trimble – 07887 601 451 or 0161 948 4197. 

Feed My City

Provides free, hot vegetarian meals. 

  • Harpurhey Community Church: Monday 11:00 - 13:30
  • Briscoe Lane Learning Centre: Tuesdays 14:30 - 17:00
  • Wellspring Pentecostal Church: Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00

More details at:

Lalley Centre, Collyhurst

Open for emergency food support Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Please phone ahead - 0161 205 2754.

Manchester Food Clubs

These are weekly food clubs that cost £1 per year to join, then £3.50 per week, per club.

The clubs reduce food wastage and provide local families with a range of quality food at a low cost. Your £3.50 gives you access to one club:

Monday – Newton Heath Sure Start Children’s Centre, Great Newton Street, Manchester, M40 1GX

Tel: 0161 413 5790

Monday – Collyhurst Children’s Centre, Teignmouth Ave, M40 7QD

Tel: 0161 205 1744

Friday – Miles Platting and Ancoats Children’s Centre, Holland St, Manchester, M40 7DA

Tel: 0161 277 6970

Friday – Whalley Range, Sure Start Children’s Centre, Burtford Road, Manchester M16 8HE

Tel: 0161 245 7007

Find out more by emailing:

Mustard Tree

The charity is providing emergency food parcels - for details, visit:

Their shop remains open for food and essential toiletries: 10am – 2pm, Monday – Friday.

Help for Older People

Age UK are offering meal deliveries, prescription collection, shopping, visits and calls. For further information, call 0161 223 6062 or 07565 988 502.

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