Crisis Support

Free Food without a Referral

(Please note: If you are seeking information about regular food supplies, please see our Foodbank+ page for more information.)


We have gathered a list of local drop-in services for people who are in crisis. Edinburgh churches are hearing the call to mission, to open their doors and get involved in outreach, which is impacting our city.

Dashed Line (Pink Alt)

Care Van

A partnership between Bethany Christian Trust and Edinburgh City Mission, serving soup and Sandwiches.

Lunchtimes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays only.

  • 12:30pm Market Street
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket, North Bridge
  • 2:00pm Leith Walk (North of McDonald Rd)

Evenings: Every night except New Year’s Eve

  • 9:00pm Waverley Bridge
  • 9:50pm-10:30pm King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket, North Bridge

Telephone: 0131 225 9445

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Soul Food

During the Covid-19 crisis, Soul Food meals have transformed to a ‘Grab & Go” service, where people can grab a Take Away and stand outside. This is with the aim of protecting our clients, staff and volunteers.

Offering a free meal, a safe space & a warm welcome.

Oxgangs Community Church, Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre

  • Sundays 5pm

Life Church, 2 Davie Street

  • Sundays 5:30pm

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Newington

  • Mondays 5:30pm

Carrubbers Christian Centre, High Street

  • Tuesdays 5:30pm

Mustard Seed Edinburgh, St Margaret’s, 170 Easter Road

  • Thursdays 5:30pm

Mustard Seed Edinburgh, St Margaret’s, 170 Easter Road

  • Fridays 10am-11am (breakfast)

Central Church, Central Hall, West Tollcross

  • Fridays 5:30pm

Mustard Seed Edinburgh, St Margaret’s, 170 Easter Road

  • Saturdays 4:30pm (for families)

Ps and Gs Church, York Place

  • Saturdays 5pm-6pm (The Saturday Meal)

Social Bite

Vesta Bar & Kitchen
7-8 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PA

Mondays 3pm-5pm

Two course meal for people experiencing homelessness and food poverty.

Telephone: 0131 220 0773


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The Breakfast Bothy (a Carlowrie Castle project)

The Breakfast Bothy is from 9am-11am, Monday-Friday at 100 Melville Drive, Edinburgh, EH9 9EX.

In true Carlowrie Castle style, the converted police box has been restored, transformed, and repainted in dayglo yellow and orange by volunteers.

The Breakfast Bothy is a meeting place where people experiencing financial hardship or homelessness can visit to get a warm breakfast, coffee, tea and good chat.

The team aim to facilitate connections and services for our guests on an as-needed and request basis, such as counseling, haircuts, legal advice, etc.

Find other crisis support

> Housing and Homelessness Support
> Help with Emergency Money or Debt
> Help with Addiction
> Help for Women in Sex Work
> Support and Advice


If you know of a community outreach activity that isn’t on our list, please contact us with details so that we can add it.

Please note that this information was correct before the Covid-19 pandemic, please check with the service provider to see if their services have now been cancelled or changed.