Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:06

Help feed a family this Christmas

There are many people living in Victoria who do not have enough food to eat this Christmas. Donating food items or parcels is a great way of helping out the community and can make a huge difference to an individual or family over the festive season.

Donations of food can also reduce the growing amount of food that ends up in landfill every year, which is not only wasteful but environmentally unsustainable. The average Australian throws out 361 kilograms – approximately 72 Christmas turkeys worth – of food each year.

The following organisations would greatly appreciate your support. You can also check with your local homeless shelter, church or school to see if they run a drop-in centre or breakfast/lunch program. Contact them if you'd like to donate within your area.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Food is a right. At the ASRC we are determined that none of our members goes hungry, suffers from malnutrition or is unable to feed their families. Foodbank is about survival, dignity and compassion. At the Foodbank we ensure that 'shopping' is an enjoyable, dignified and equitable process. Asylum seekers can come to the Foodbank once a week. They can select the foods that they most need and most enjoy. We run an equitable system that takes into account family size and means. This ensures that the distribution of donated or purchased food is sufficient, fair and a positive experience.

Address: 214-218 Nicholson St Footscray VIC 3011

Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea's primary objective is to empower disadvantaged children by supportng them in developing their self-esteem, health and well-being. You can help by donating food from their wishlist.

Address:29 Flinders Street.
Queenscliff, Vic. 3225
Phone: (03) 5258 1663


FareShare, is an innovative, energetic organisation, rescuing food and fighting hunger. Since 2001 we have given away healthy, nutritious meals to the hungry and the homeless in Victoria, using food donated by businesses. By 'rescuing' food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products.

Address: 1-7 South Audley Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Foodbank Victoria

Foodbank Victoria is an independent not for profit organisation that provides food relief to assist people experiencing hardship. With more than 80 years' experience, we are the oldest and largest food relief organisation in the state.Last year more than 800 corporate and community partners and over 4000 volunteers helped us to source and distribute the equivalent of 14.4 million meals to metro, regional and rural communities in Victoria. As part of the of the State Government's Emergency Response and Recovery Committee, we are a leading provider of emergency food relief to the community during times of disaster.

Address: 4/2 Somerville Rd, Yarraville Vic 3013
Phone: (03) 9362 8300

Freedom Care Inc.

Provides a service to low income families, pensioners, and other centrelink card holders and those with a proven financial difficulty, in addition to providing breakfast and snacks to local schools. Donations of non perishable grocery items appreciated.

Address: 127C Northern Highway, Kilmore, 3764
Phone: 0422 599 735


The RISE Food Bank provides free dry food, fruits and vegetables for asylum seekers and refugees at the RISE Drop-In Centre every Friday. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items please contact RISE via email or phone 03 9639 8623.


Sacred Heart Mission

The Meals Program provides hearty, nutritious meals to hundreds of people who are homeless, socially disadvantaged and isolated. It is also a vital opportunity for people to reconnect and develop a sense of community and belonging. The program relies on the generous food donations, which come from a wide range of businesses across Melbourne.

Address: 87 Grey St, St Kilda, VIC 3182

Sea Shepherd Australia

Sea Shepherd Australia are currently seeking donations of Vegan food, a full list can be found on their website. The MY Steve Irwin is currently docked in Williamstown and donations can be dropped off.



SecondBite is committed to making a positive difference to people by identifying good quality nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to over 70 food relief agencies providing thousands of meals for people in need.


Wesley Mission Victoria

Many Wesley programs rely on goods-in-kind so that they can continue their important work. Your donation of non-perishable food can make a big difference to people in our community who are less fortunate.
 This year you are able to send food directly to the service centres through Woolworth shopping online.

Phone: (03) 9662 2355

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