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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

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New Beginnings Reading

Our Community Fridge Food Bank will be open Tuesday to Friday. We offer a selection of free fresh and non-perishable food. This is a drop in service with no referral needed to attend.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 7pm, Wednesday 12pm to 1pm for families and the elderly. Social distancing will be practiced, please keep 2 meters apart from each other.

Our Clothing and Toiletries Service runs on Wednesdays from 12pm to 1pm. Guests can pick up a range of clothing, school uniform, a range of essential toiletries, sanitary and baby products - all for free.

The Way Ministry ~ The Queens Arms

Hot meal, pudding & fruit to take away

Sunday 3pm-4pm




New charity in Reading ~ Please see below

"The prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship of persons in Reading who are in need due to social or economic reasons regardless of their religion or belief by providing warmth, food and other essential items, temporary short to midterm and overnight accommodation and assisting individuals to access other long term services designed to help them become self sufficient.

To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people in Reading from becoming socially excluded relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society".

Who to contact

07421 998208

Where to go

Queens Arms (alcohol free pub)
Great Knollys Street

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.