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List of Community Food Aid & Food Banks in Australia

They say food brings us closer together, and there’s no better way to do that than through community food bank donations. Here’s where to find food banks near you.
UPDATED ON Mar 03, 2023

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and help those in need? The demand for help with food and other groceries has reached an unprecedented level. In Australia, more than 2 million households went hungry just last year.

With the aftermath of the pandemic, the cost of living continuing to escalate and the impact of natural disasters, many families and individuals are struggling to make ends meet.

So, if you’re in the position to donate to a community food bank, now’s the time. To make things easier for you, we’ve collated a list of where you can find local community food banks by each Australian state. We’ve also included some handy tips and tricks on what you can and can’t donate, and the easiest way to get involved. Let’s get helping!

Food Aid & Food Banks in Australia By State

FoodbankStateHow to Donate
Sydney Food PantryNSWDrop your donations at 24 Wright St, Hurstville NSW 2220 or 
2 Stanley St & Balmain Rd Leichhardt NSW 2040.
Addi Road Food Pantry NSWDrop off your food at Addi Road Food Pantry Building 1, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.
The Rev Bill Crews Foundation NSWDonate online here https://www.billcrews.org/donate/
Empower AustraliaVICCash donations online via this link or visit a centre closest to you. The main hub is 412 City Road Southbank VIC 3006, Sundays 9.30am – 1.00pm. 
Mornington Community Support Centre VICVisit https://www.mcsc.au/donate to see the different donation options. 
FareshareVICDonate or volunteer here https://www.fareshare.net.au/donate-vic/
FoodAssist ToowoombaQLDVisit https://www.foodassist.com.au/donate-food to see how you can get involved.
Angels Community GroupQLDGoods can be dropped off at 45a Walla Street, Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.
ADRA Community CentreQLDVisit https://www.adra.org.au/donate/ to donate.
Communities At WorkACTDonate food and other groceries to several drop-off points. Find your closest donation centre here https://www.commsatwork.org/get-involved/donate-essentials/
Canberra City CareACTYou can make a financial contribution online at https://www.canberracitycare.org/donate.html
Gordon Community CentreACTDonate online at https://www.anglicare.com.au/services/mission-community-engagement/survive-and-thrive/gordon/gordon-donations/
Pathway Community CentreSADonate online at https://pathway.clovie.com.au/
Heart & Soul GroupSADonate here or organise a food drive fundraiser https://heartandsoulgroup.org/get-involved
Faithworks CentreSADrop off your food donations to 5 Clifton Street, Blair Athol, 5084
South Australia.
The Pantry WAWADonate online at https://thepantrywa.com.au/
Margaret Court Community Outreach WADonate food or clothing and drop off at 14a Neil Street, Osborne Park
WA 6017. Other locations found here: https://www.mcco.org.au/make-a-donation
Dreambuilders CareWADonate online at https://www.dreambuilderscare.org.au/donate
Food RescueWADonate or volunteer https://unitingwa.org.au/get-involved/donate/
Baptist Care NT Food For LifeNTBCNT accepts cash donations at https://bcnt.org.au/donate-to-bcnt/
ShelterMeNTFind out more here https://www.shelterme.org.au/
Hobart City MissionTASDonate goods, services or volunteer at https://hobartcitymission.org.au/donate-goods/
Waterbridge Food Co-opTASVisit https://www.waterbridgefood.com.au/ for more information.
Wyndarra Community & Resource CentreTASVolunteer your time or donate https://www.wyndarra.org.au/services/

Australian-Wide Community Food Aid & Community Food Banks

1. Foodbank

Source: Sefiani

Foodbank is one of the largest community food bank organisations in Australia, providing 88 million meals a year to more than 2,950 charities and 2,890 schools around the country. You can donate money, you can donate meals, and you can donate your time. 

How to donate: Foodbank asks that you deliver your donations via mail or courier. You can find the state-based address by visiting the Foodbank website. You can also make a Woolworths or Coles online order and have it sent directly to the warehouse.

States they service: NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, NT

2. OzHarvest 

Source: ozharvest.org

If you are a registered business with good quality surplus food, OzHarvest will rescue it. If you’re an individual, OzHarvest accepts donations, with $25 delivering 50 meals to people in need. You can also help Ozharvest fulfil its mission by volunteering your time. OzHarvest will collect almost anything suitable for human consumption, as long as it’s food safe. Fruit and vegetables, meat, cooked meals and prepackaged vacuum items, dry goods, cakes and baked goods, drinks, dairy and eggs. OzHarvest does not collect shellfish or cooked rice due to health and safety regulations. 

How to donate: Donate money online, or if you’re a registered business, you can fill out an online form and Ozharvest will contact you.

States they service: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA, WA

3. SecondBite 

Source: foodanddrinkbusiness

SecondBite is a non-profit food bank that works in every state and territory in Australia. In 2011, Coles and SecondBite formed a national partnership, which led to a rapid expansion of the organisation’s operational scale and reach. SecondBite prefers to receive bulk food donations that meet its needs and specifications. If you have smaller, ad hoc donations, they recommend contacting a local charity to donate your stock. You can either drop the food off at one of SecondBite’s warehouses, or they’ll come to collect it from you. 

How to donate: Fill in an online form detailing your donation and SecondBite will be in touch. 
States they service: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA, WA

What Are Community Food Banks? 

In a nutshell, food banks are non-profits that gather and distribute food to help hunger-relief charities. They serve as storage and distribution centres for smaller agencies on the front line, rather than giving food directly to individuals in need.

How Do Community Food Banks Work?

Depending on the organisation, community food banks work in different ways. However, typically they involve donations from members of the public, restaurants, schools etc. and then forward that food collected/donated to Australians in need. 

What Type of Food Can You Donate to Community Food Banks?

The type of food you can donate to community food banks will again depend on the organisation, and it also typically depends on what’s needed most, which will vary from time to time. Generally speaking, the types of food community food banks seek are non-perishable items, like pasta, rice, cereal, tinned goods, and packaged snacks. non-refrigerated drinks, coffee and so on. You can also donate things like toiletries and personal hygiene products.

Things You Can Donate Things You Can’t Donate
  • Deodorant, soap and body wash
  • Shampoo, conditioner and sanitary items
  • Baby wipes and nappies
  • Dishwashing liquid and detergent
  • Canned fruit, vegetable, soup and fish
  • Noodles, pasta, and rice
  • Baked beans and spaghetti
  • Baby food and formula
  • Alcohol or tobacco
  • Product past its use by date
  • Product more than 6 months past its best before date
  • Product where the packaging seal has been broken
  • Mouldy or rotting product
  • Unlabelled product provided without ingredient details

How Can I Donate to My Local Community Food Bank? 

There are several ways to donate to a community food bank. You can do it either by taking the food directly to the local food bank, or often you’ll find collection points in supermarkets across the country. With some community food banks, like the hunger relief charity Foodbank, you can actually make online Woolworths or Coles orders and send them directly to the charity. 

Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Health & fitness journalist and presenter based in Melbourne/Naarm with a passion for – you guessed it - health and fitness, cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, and travel.
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Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Health & fitness journalist and presenter based in Melbourne/Naarm with a passion for – you guessed it - health and fitness, cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, and travel.
Have a question? Contact us