Free Lunches & Food over Christmas and beyond

The following venues are open in Ashford providing hot meals and other services, please check each listing for services offered.


From 11.30 – 1.30 pm

At Vinnies Diner, Bright City Church, Bank Street, Ashford.

Free hot lunch, pudding, tea or coffee and food bank available.  The lunch is for anyone, whether rich or poor!


From 11 am – 3 pm

At Open Arms, Ashford Community Church, 54 Francis Road, Ashford

Free hot meal for homeless and vulnerable people.


10 am till 12 pm

At Ashford Vineyard Church, The Warehouse, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Brunswick Road, Ashford, TN23 1EH

Brunch for homeless people and can use the shower and get a change of clothes.


10 am till 12 pm with hot meal served at 12

At Salvation Army, 115 Cudworth Road, South Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0BE

Food bank also available

Community Fridge – Peoples Pantry Repton Connect Community Centre


If you are in need of food or hygiene

items, check out our website for the list

of free items we have in stock


Call or email us and request

the items you need


We’ll arrange a time slot for you to

come and collect them from

Repton Connect Community Centre.

We’ll leave the items outside the door for you.


If you need something, you’re welcome to request it.

We haven’t forgotten people who aren’t able to leave

their house. Just contact us and we’ll try to help.

If you would like to request items, or make a donation, please call 01233 808023 or email:

To Good to Go – End food waste

Join millions of food waste warriors by downloading Too Good To Go – the world’s number 1 app for fighting food waste. Pick up delicious meals and ingredients from local stores.

To download Google app or Apple store

To download Google app or Apple store visit Website

TESCO is giving away free food in a bid to cut down on food waste.

To get hold of your freebie you’ll need to download the Olio app is free to download from Apple Store for iPhones or Google Play Store if you’re on android.

You will need to register an account using your email address or Facebook account, and switch on your location settings.

You can then browse the app to find out what’s up for grabs in your local area.

When you find something that you like, click on the item and then click the red “Request This Listing” button.

You will then be able to message the volunteer to arrange to collect it.

To list food on the app, you’ll need to click on the red + button and add a description. 

DVLA delays

We are aware that the DVLA is taking a long time to process applications.

Section 88 of The Road Traffic
Act 1988 may allow you to
continue driving even though
you do not hold a current
driving licence.
In practice, this will be when you
have applied to the DVLA to renew
your licence, but the licence expires
(runs out) while we are processing
the application.

You can read more here:

Plumbers Scam

This scam is where people have instructed plumbers and agreed a price.

The charge comes through and is £100’s of pounds more.

The company is taking credit card details in advance, convincing the customer its because of COVID and people not paying.

This should be refundable for both credit and debit as the client had not agreed to the charge. Contact you card issuer.


We are aware of many people getting recorded messages supposedly form HMRC.

HMRC does not put out these kind of messages

You’ll never get an email, text message, message in an application (for example WhatsApp) or a phone call from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which:

  • tells you about a tax rebate or penalty
  • asks for your personal or payment information

We are aware of the telephone number 0161 521 3262 generating these calls.

If you get a call like this please do not give them any personal information, or call back the number.

If you have already given them information, please call us for more advice