Christmas Opening Times / COVID UPDATE

Our foodbanks are open throughout the Christmas and New Year period. The opening times and locations can be found here:

Please remember that the Tollcross foodbank is now closed. You should not send your clients to Tollcross.

The warehouse and office will close at 4:00pm, 22 December 2021 and will re-open on 5 January 2022 at 09:00 am.


In light of the First Ministers announcement, regarding the Omicron variant of COVID, we have chosen to reduce the service offered at the foodbank centres over the Christmas and New Year period.

The foodbanks will remain open, however:

  • A maximum number of people are allowed in at anyone time
  • Only one person per household (exceptions apply)
  • A one way system will be in place, returning to the station style set up
  • There will be no hospitality offered, including a place to sit and chat
  • There will be no support agency drop in services.
  • Test and Protect will continue to be in place
  • Masks and hand santiser should be used, and will be availble for people

Registering as an e-referral agent

The office will be closed from 4:00pm 22 December 2021 until 5 January 2022. If you are a referral agency and would like to be able to refer clients for e-vouchers for our foodbanks, please email us as at as soon as possible. We use the Trussell Trust Foodbank Database and you will need to be registered to use this system. If you do wish to be registered, you should include the following information:

  • your name;
  • your job title;
  • your work email;
  • a phone number at which we can contact you with queries;
  • the name of your agency;
  • and the work post code.

Please note that we do not accept referrals by email or text.

Additional provision across the city

The 3 sheets with a green background list what we believe to be regular opportunities for food provision across the city of Edinburgh.

The sheet with a red background is what we know about food provision over Christmas and New Year.

Food Provision List

We’re sure there will be updates, so we plan on updating this list and circulating regularly. If you want to let us know about any update, please email us at We’ll aim to include your update when we next circulate the list.