asrc foodbank

Give food and goods

Offer someone a hand up

By donating food or goods to our programs, you will fill an immediate need for refugees and people seeking asylum. You will also be giving them a hand up on the pathway to food security and independence, where they have the ingredients and knowledge to make the best choices for their nutritional, social and emotional wellbeing.

Donate groceries

Our Foodbank grocery store in Footscray provides free food and essentials to more than 650 people seeking asylum each week. We rely on community generosity to keep our shelves stocked – the majority of our groceries are donated by people just like you.
For an up-to-date list of our most needed items, please follow our Facebook page.

Ways to donate food and goods

Our urgent grocery list:


  1. Tuna in oil 400g
  2. Honey small jars or bottles
  3. Raw, unsalted nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios
  4. Tinned veg (peas, carrots, corn) 400g
  5. Tinned tomatoes 400g
  6. Tinned chickpeas & beans 400g
  7. Coconut cream 400g
  8. Sweet & savoury biscuits
  9. Spices: ground cumin, coriander & turmeric (single packs or bulk)


  1. Buy sanitary products through Tsuno
  2. Deodorant
  3. Soap bars
  4. Toilet paper

Donate goods

Due to limited storage and distribution resources we are unable to accept household items, kitchenware, furniture, bedding, second hand clothing, books and electrical items. Please note that we are no longer able to accept donations of mobile phones, egg cartons or used plastic bottles.

The essentials we need:

    1. Coles & Myer Group gift cards for members to buy essentials

Ways to donate food and goods

Order through Coles online

  1. Go to -> Log in or sign up to Coles (right hand side of screen)
  2. Select ‘Choose a collection time’ on the right-hand side of screen
  3. Select ‘Choose another collection location nearby’
  4. Type ‘Deer Park 3023’ as the servicing suburb in the search field – this is the Coles store that delivers your donation to ASRC free of charge
  5. Click on the ‘Coles Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Donation’ tab
  6. Click on ‘Choose a collection time’
  7. Select the Wednesday 9.00am – 11.00am timeslot
  8. Select ‘bag my groceries’ (this is the only option during COVID-19)
  9. Start shopping and complete your order – Coles will deliver your donation free of charge to our ASRC Foodbank, you do not need to collect the order!

Buy a gift card online

Buy a gift card online and have it delivered to:

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Att: Material Aid Coordinator
L1, 218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Drop groceries to the ASRC

Drop groceries to us in Footscray, between 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that in order to minimise person-to-person contact in compliance with current health warnings, we ask that you bring your donations to the garage at the rear of the ASRC building. This is opposite 46 Albert St, Footscray. Please ring the bell on the wall to the right of the roller door and our reception staff will open it remotely. We have set up a trestle table in the garage for you to leave your donations on.

Drop groceries to a collection point

Drop groceries to one of our collection points in Melbourne or Geelong

Run a food drive

Run a food drive for your work, school, street or community group