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Drop-ins & lunch clubs

We run 120 drop-in centres offering support and help for people in need, while many of our churches offer daily or weekly lunch clubs.

It's nice to know there are people of all ages who are looking out for me.

As well as indulging in a fresh and hearty meal, older, lonely or people affected by homelessnesscome to our churches to find company and develop long-lasting friendships in a safe and caring environment.

Teams of loyal helpers provide delicious food for a variety of age groups.

Our halls are also accessible for anyone with mobility issues and our centres cater for a wide variety of needs, with transport available if required.

Upper Norwood Salvation Army, based in South London, serves two-course meals every Monday (from roasts to shepherd’s pies) at affordable prices. Each Christmas a lunch is provided for their senior acraft club members – with a present for all. There is also community carol singing with the band.

At our Lockerbie church, soup and sandwiches with tea/coffee are served at their lunch club – followed by games, quizzes and entertainment. As well as helping people who are experiencing homelessness, we support families who have hit hard times, people who have been made redundant, become ill or are experiencing benefit delay.

When someone in crisis comes to us wanting assistance, we take an interest in that person and get to the heart of their problem to find a long-term solution. The ongoing nature of our work is key to breaking the cycle of dependence and supporting people on a path to dignity.

Every church and centre provides pastoral support and a friendly chat.

Use our Find a Church page to locate your nearest Salvation Army and find out what’s cooking in your area today!  

Angela, 79, is a regular at the lunch club at Cambridge Heath Salvation Army.   

She used to spend her days alone in her flat until a neighbour encouraged her to visit The Salvation Army lunch club.

Angela now attends the club every Thursday and says: 'The food is good but what really makes it fun is the people. I worried about going at first because I didn't know anyone but everyone was very welcoming. It's great to know I have friends to catch up with every week. We have a gossip over lunch and a cup of tea. 

'Some people bring in their knitting and we talk about what we've been doing and just have a good laugh. It's nice to know there are people of all ages who are looking out for me.'