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Updated November 2021.

Hope for Food is busy supporting both the homeless and families in poverty.

We continue to hold 2 Community meals each week. At present these have to be outside using a takeaway system as despite several appeals we have been unable to find an indoor venue.

Our meals are on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 6.30-7pm outside St Stephen’s Hall on St Stephen’s Way in Bournemouth.

Each week we provide food parcels to individuals and families in need who have been refered to us.

We are now preparing for Christmas when we expect to give out up to 5oo food parcels. In order to do this we are appealing for food donations – please see our Facebook post.

As always everything we do is only possible because of the generous donations we receive from local businesses, churches, schools, families and individuals. We are grateful to all these donors for allowing us to help the vulnerable in our local community.

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of some of our volunteers. Two people, much loved by the homeless community for their amazing food, both lost their battle with cancer.

Chris Brown was one of our longest serving volunteers and cooked for the Community Meal twice a week, every week, for many years.

Jackie Broughton was known for her wonderful cakes and desserts served up at our Monday meals. Simon Read, a valued member of the unit team, unfortunately died suddenly at home. We miss them and will remember them for their unselfish contributions to helping people.


Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by Volunteers.  The organisation was founded by Claire Matthews in 2012 with the aim of providing life’s basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help due to the current economic climate.

Please get in touch if you would like to help.