The Food Hub is based at Purley United Reformed Church in Brighton Road, Purley – for details of our opening days/times and how to get to us, please click here. Please always be sure to bring with you the red ticket you are given by the agency referring you to us.

Whenever you come to the Food Hub, we will aim to make your visit as smooth and easy as possible. We will welcome you warmly at the door and introduce you to one of our friendly welcomers who will ask you just a few simple questions over a cuppa to make sure we give you the right food to meet you and your family’s needs.

Then while your food parcel is being put together by our packing team, we will offer to signpost you to other services which may be able to help you – for example, Purley Cross Centre or Growbaby – and to arrange for you to see our welfare rights adviser if you would like to.

The whole visit should take no more than 30-40 minutes. If you have any concerns during the time you are with us, speak to the session co-ordinator who will sort them out for you on the spot.


What people tell us

After visiting the Food Hub one client said:

"Please pass on my gratitude to those who were there. They made me feel incredibly welcome when I was feeling very anxious about the whole experience. Thank you, it means such a lot."


Another left and returned a few minutes later with a card:

"To all the kind persons who gave me food and spent time to talk to me today — a huge thank you for your kindness."


One of the agencies which refers clients to us said:

"I want you to know how much we appreciate the service you are providing our clients in these challenging times. It is a relief that you exist."


Other support

Support for people in need in Croydon is also available from a number of drop-ins and other centres. Please click here for a list of these to contact.



We have produced a number of recipes using food items which clients typically receive when they come to the Food Hub. Please click here to see them. Bon appétit!