This page shows some of the food provision that is specifically available to migrants in Leeds.

A map showing the locations of several of these food provision venues can be found on the Help in Leeds site. Click MAP to display.


1. Food drop-ins

You can get free meals at various food drop-ins around Leeds, that run on different days of the week. You don’t need a referral or appointment for these, you can just turn up. Click Drop-ins to view.


2. Food parcels for migrants who are destitute

If you have no income from benefits or work, you can access ongoing support with small food parcels from venues in south and east Leeds. No referral / ID / evidence is needed. Lists of the venues and the times they are open are here:

Food Provision for Destitute Migrants in East Leeds (Jan-2018) Click Venues and Times to view.

Food Provision for Destitute Migrants in South Leeds (Jan-2018) Click Venues and Times to view.


3. Pay As You Feel (PAYF) Cafes / Supermarket

There are various PAYF cafes and a supermarket in Leeds, where you pay what you are able for the food / meal (made from intercepted food waste). Some cafes may charge a set price for drinks, but food is served on a pay as you feel basis.
Click Cafes to view details.
Click Supermarket to view details.


4. Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust can provide food parcels in an emergency / crisis situation. One Stop Centres can provide you with a voucher and tell you where you can go to collect a food parcel: Click One Stop Centres to view details.
The Trussell Trust can only provide food to help with a short-term crisis and cannot provide long-term support. If you have no right to benefits and are likely to need food on an ongoing basis, please see our information for destitute migrants (point 2, above), rather than going to the Trussell Trust.


Drop-ins for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Meeting Point (drop-in for Asylum Seekers and Refugees only)

Open: Monday (during term time – see information below) – 3pm to 6pm
Address: Christ Church, Upper Armley, Leeds, LS12 3DA
Phone: 0113 2796700,
E-mail: emma.c@ccacp.org.uk,
Twitter: @MeetingPointRAS

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The drop-in provides a safe and welcoming environment. They provide a hot meal cooked by a different volunteer or beneficiary each week; fresh and dried food parcels and a nearly new shop; confidential help and advice; Language Cafe and conversation; computer and internet use; fun activities, holistic therapies and children’s arts and crafts.

Mini drop-in’s are a reduced service but still provide food parcels, nearly new shop, refreshments and activities.


PAFRAS (drop-in for Destitute Asylum Seekers only)

Open: Wednesday – 10:00am to 1:00pm for client services
Address: St Aidan’s Community Hall, off Roundhay Road, in Harehills, Leeds, LS8 5QD

Phone: 0113 262 2163
Email: pafrasemail@yahoo.co.uk

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Destitute asylum seekers have no recourse to public funds, access to welfare support, or right to work.
PAFRAS provides direct support to destitute asylum seekers. As one visitor to PAFRAS stated: “I was eating out of bins, the floor, the grass in the park, what happens after a while is that you walk all over, all the time, looking for ways to eat in order to stay alive”
All those who attend their drop-in are offered a meal, prepared by their volunteers, snacks and fresh fruit as well as hot and cold drinks.
Additionally, at each drop-in they distribute food parcels put together out of the donations of foodstuffs that they receive. They ensure that all volunteers who handle food have food safety awareness training. PAFRAS has also supported many destitute pregnant women, who cannot access support from the Home Office until they are seven months pregnant.