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Find local information about food banks, pantries, and other places offering free or low cost food, toiletries, clothing, furniture and more.

Gosport Community Pantry 

Customers pay £5 per visit and receive a minimum of £15 worth of food including fresh and frozen items, toiletries and household items. Also offers recipe bags and/or other cost saving items and information about other types of support on offer.

Based at Gosport Borough Football Club in Privett Road, Gosport, PO12 3SX the Pantry is open every Wednesday 10am - 2pm and Friday 9am - 1pm.

Fareham & Gosport Basics Bank

The Friends of the Homeless operate the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank which provides practical help to anyone going through a short crisis or in need of emergency support by providing food and toiletries. This includes anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

You must have a referral to collect from a Basics Bank. There are over 100 referring agencies locally, among them: 

  • Citizens Advice in both Gosport and Fareham
  • Gosport Borough Council Housing Service
  • Hampshire Social Services
  • Health Visitors
  • Doctors Surgeries
  • Schools Outreach workers
  • Probation Service and other services

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Fareham 12:30-2:30pm and in Gosport 11am-2pm.

Fareham - Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham, Hants PO16 7XU, 01329 822204

Gosport- Unit 1, The Old Railway, Spring Garden Lane, Gosport, Hants PO12 1FQ, 07826 305900

You can call us (please leave a message if there is no reply and we will get back to you as soon as we can),

FareShare Mobile Larder- Bridgemary

Bridgemary Library Car Park- Mondays 1:30-2:30 pm 

This is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by reducing food shopping bills. Each household must complete an application form and show proof of ID and address. Application forms can be obtained through the website  email. Completed forms can be emailed back or turned in on site. Members are required to attend the larder on a weekly basis and pay their membership fee. 

FareShare- Getting Food

For more information and an application form, contact

Community Food Support (Formerly Caring Hands Food Bank)

Supports individuals and families with food & toiletry hampers and signposting them to other agencies/projects who can help improve their current situation (professional referral required).

Community Family Essentials (Formerly Caring Hands Food Bank)

Supports families with children living in crisis by providing clothing, shoes, education essentials and toys (professional referral required). Based at the Empower Centre Gosport, 2a Layton Road, Bridgemary,PO13 0JQ,   located up a narrow driveway on the edge of Layton Road, lok for banners on the wall.

Our drop in cafe for referred families runs between 11:00 am - 12:30 pm each Thursday. During this time families come to collect their support hampers and also stop for a free drink/snack and have a catch up.

0300 302 0090

The Store Cupboard

The Jacob's Well Store Cupboard  asks for a £2 donation towards minimal costs, Recipients must live in Gosport and be registered with Jacobs Well. To register with the foodbank, please arrive nd queue on the designated day and times as below and the staff  will assist you.  The Store Cupboard is more than just food and they try to keep a store of other products to hand. If you're in need of something, please ask a member of staff. No referral required.

Mondays- 10am -Noon ( OAPs, singles and couples

Tuesdays- 10am-Noon (OAPs), singles and couples

Wednesdays- CLOSED

Thursdays- 10am- Noon (families only)

Fridays- 10am-Noon (families only)


Sundays- CLOSED

Based at Jacob's Well Care Centre, Unit 1 Toronto Place, Gosport, PO12 4UZ.

02392 583 050

School Uniform Project

The Jacob's Well School Uniform Project understands that providing school uniforms for your children can be very expensive as children grow out of them quickly or they need replacing due to wear and tear. School uniform requirements can also limit choice for finding more budget- friendly alternatives.

The Project accepts donations of any unwanted or outgrown school uniform items for schools in Gosport, Stubbington and Fareham, both junior and senior schools, and  parents can drop into the Project to  look over the current supply and choose  uniform items they need for their children. There is no referral necessary and no registration details are taken. Supply may be limited to one uniform per child if current demand is high.

Open Monday-Friday 9am -5pm; Saturdays 9am- 4pm

02392 583050

Trash Cafe Gosport

The Trash Cafe aims to save good food from going to waste. You can come along to shop and you decide the value of the food by paying in time, cash, skills or item donations.

Pay As You Feel Gosport Shop - 14 South Street Gosport PO12 1 1LS is open for shopping, Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Friday - 10am-12pm; Wednesday 5-7pm; Saturday 9am- 12pm and closed on  Sunday.  Food hampers can also be ordered online for collection or delivery.

Trash Cafe Gosport

023 9217 4340

Meals on Wheels

This service from Hampshire County Council is available to anyone over 55, subject to some criteria. Referrals can be made online or by calling their number to discuss eligibility.

Meals on Wheels

0330 2000103

Furniture Project

The Furniture Project at Jacob's Well Care Centre offers a large warehouse of good quality pre-owned furniture at very affordable prices. Its aim is to ensure that everyone, no matter how small their budget, can furnish their home to a high standard, creating a better personal space to live in.  The centre will collect items that are no longer wanted or needed, fix them up and sell them to fund community projects. In addition to furniture, it has a range of electrical appliances, bedding and other household items.

Based at Jacob's Well Care Centre, Unit 1 Toronto Place, Gosport, PO12 4UZ.

02392 583 050

Acts of Kindness Community-Solent

The charity helps those in the community that need support such as food parcels, clothes, basic furniture and more. If you have experienced an out of the ordinary crisis then call 023 93812868 and they will endeavour to offer help or advice and point you in the right direction.

Acts of Kindness 

023 93812868


Re-uses, recycles and upcycles household items and supplies furniture and other household goods to people on low incomes.  Provides a donation-based van removal service.  Based at Bridgemary Methodist Church, Prideaux-Brune Avenue, Bridgemary PO13 0PP.


07387 364240

St Faith's Church Hall

Provides  a warm space every 3rd Wednesday from 3-5pm at a cost of £1 per family or individual and offers:

  • a cooked meal
  • refreshments
  • £1.00 bag of food from a food bank
  • bag of childrens clothes
  • crafts for children
  • free use of wifi

Next open dates are: Weds 21st Feb, Weds 20th March, Weds 17 April

Chill n Chat: Adult Craft for MH wellbeing, CAP advise and refreshments availible - Every Thursday 7pm - 9pm 

Tribe Road, Gosport, PO12 3NS

02392 580551


10am - 2:30pm
Food Bank Opens and Bric-a-brac Table

Due to the rising cost of living, food is provided daily to those in the community who are experiencing food poverty. This service is available five days a week and on alternate Saturdays to those in need.- Suggested Donation of a £1.00

10am - 2:30pm
Warm Hub - Soup, Roll and Hot Drink

Warm hubs are places that provide a warm and safe space for people who are struggling to heat their homes due to the high cost of energy. These hubs typically offer soup, a roll, and a hot drink to ensure that community members have access to at least one hot meal daily.

10:30am - 2:30pm
Wellbeing Appointments - Booking Advised

The organisation offers support five days a week, including access to a well-being counselor and life coach. Their approach is person-centered and tailored to individual needs, aiming to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to manage their mental health. Additionally, they provide a safe space for the community, ensuring immediate access to support whenever possible.

10:30am - 2:30pm
Paperwork Support Available

The organisation provides various forms of support, including: - Assistance with completing benefit applications and housing forms. - Help with job applications and CVs. - Sessions to enhance interview skills and stress management. - Support in applying for disabled adaptations in homes, such as handrails, ramps, and wet rooms.

41 High street Gosport 

07763 386523

Open week days 10.00am till 15.00hrs 

Cost of Living Help

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