Community meals

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There are several places in Cambridge where you can enjoy a freshly cooked meal with other members of the community for free (or for a small donation). Other organisations prepare hot meals which you can take away.

How to contact

Where to go

FoodCycle Cambridge
St Andrews Street Baptist Church
40-43 St Andrew's St

Cambridge Community Kitchen
The Lockon
11-12 Fair St
Cambridge CB1 1HA

St Pauls's Church
Hills Rd
Cambridge CB2 1JP

The C3 Church
2 Brooks Rd
Cambridge CB1 3HR

Abbey Stadium
Newmarket Road

Meadows Community Centre 299 Arbury Road Arbury Cambridge CB4 2JL UK

Akeman Community Centre 80 Akeman Street CB4 3JH



FoodCycle Cambridge run a free sit-down community lunch every Saturday at 12.30pm at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church. All are welcome. The hot, nutritious meals are made using surplus food from local shops and supermarkets – so by coming along you are helping tackle food waste. The meals are prepared and served by friendly volunteers in a welcoming environment. There is no need to book – just go along! Visit their website for more information.

Cambridge Community Kitchen provide free, hot, plant-based meals to anyone who needs them, cooked and distributed by volunteers. The meals are available for collection or delivery (within CB1 to CB5 districts) every Thursday and Sunday evening. Collection is from 6 – 6.30pm, delivery is from 6.30 – 8pm. Sign up for the meals using their online form here.

St Paul’s provide hot, sit-down meals for the local community, prepared and served by volunteers. On Monday evenings and Thursday lunchtimes they serve meals which are open to all ages. On Friday they run a lunch club aimed at those aged 60+. St Paul’s suggest a small donation for some of these meals. Visit their website for more information.

The C3 Church provide a free hot meal to all on Fridays 12 – 1.30pm. There is no need to pre-register, just go along.

Akeman Street Community Centre run a free Breakfast Club every Thursday morning from 8.45 – 10.45am. A chance to meet, eat and connect.

Cambridge United Foundation run a Seniors’ Lunch on the first Thursday of every month from 12pm-2pm at the Abbey Stadium. Elderly residents can enjoy a enjoy a two-course meal, as well as afternoon of entertainment (including bingo!) for a small fee. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Karim Foundation run a soup kitchen at the Meadows Community Centre on the third Sunday of every month from 11.30am – 1.30pm. It is a friendly space for anyone in need of a hot meal, good company, reassurance and support. Freshly-cooked soup and bread are served free of charge. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. The soup is provided by Al:Amin grocery store on Mill Road.

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