On arrival @Storehouse in Coleman Street you may find a queue near to our opening times, as people wait to register their names with us, and receive their Food Voucher. After registration, you can join the queue to the food room with our other guests or you can go straight to the community café and have some food and refreshments.


The produce we have available for you to choose from in our food room, is collected during the week from a range of different retailers around Southend. We collect them in the evening before they are available to you or the same day, depending on when you visit us. This means that the date on the packaging will be at the sell-by-date or one day beyond. To keep food as fresh as possible, any produce requiring refrigeration (ambient) is kept in our community fridge, donated by Jamie Oliver & Jimmy Doherty, when we appeared on his TV Show, ‘Friday Night Feast’. Produce that can be frozen, is placed in our freezers, as soon as we return to the @Storehouse. Anything else we collect is kept in a dry, cool environment, to keep it fresh. We also collect a variety of tinned produce, packet goods and toiletries for you to choose from.


You will receive 5 items from the tinned and packet produce we store on the food room shelving. You can add to these products by selecting the fresh fruit, vegetables and bread that we have available to you, at the time of your visit. We ask that you think about others as you select your items, not taking so much produce, as to leave others without any.

In our community café, we have a range of sandwiches, cakes, tea & coffee each session, but we often have hot food cooked from fresh ingredients, by our chef on duty… you are very welcome to stay as long as you wish, meet with friends and seek advice from staff regarding the services we can signpost you towards.

We respectfully ask that you request only one food bag per week, unless you are living on the street, with no fixed address, and with limited access to storing food or cooking food.

Those with no fixed address and street homeless, can visit us twice per week to receive a food bag. As our numbers increase, we need to be good stewards of what we collect, distributing the food we collect as fairly as possible.

You are welcome to attend any session suited to your circumstances, for refreshments, fresh fruit/bread/vegetables. We do not allow children on site, except for the Family Storehouse session. Family Storehouse is a referral-only service.

We may also have visitors from different agencies, who support people in their various circumstances. Family Mosaic, Family Action, Children’s Centres… can all provide next-step support to help you with your choices.

Each Friday, we show a movie with a theme linked to Christianity; the Storehouse is part of Southend Vineyard, a Christian Church that meets at Prince Avenue School, Hornby avenue, each Sunday from 11am. Staff and volunteers would love to chat with you about your circumstances and offer advice if we can. We would love to pray with you and support you spiritually. We believe in being good listeners and offering pastoral care, as best we can, through friendship and being in relationship with anyone seeking sanctuary in the Storehouse, especially when times are hard.

On the last Sunday of each month, we have a Worship Service, where we reflect on what God is doing with us as a community in the Storehouse. There is usually a time of worship, a short talk, a time for prayer and ministry and a great Curry… there is no better way to celebrate what God is doing in our lives, than by spending time together and eating together.


MON – 11:30 to 12:30 Adult mixed session (Public Session)

13:00 to 14:00 Adult mixed session (Public Session)

WED: 09:30 to 11:30 Family Storehouse (Referral ONLY);

13:00 to 14:00 Women’s Session (Public Session)

FRI: 11:30 to 12:30 Men’s session (Public Session)

13:00 to 14:00 Adult mixed session (Public Session)

14:00 to 15:00 Friday Movie…