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 800 people seeking asylum each week. We rely on community donations to stock our shelves – almost 90% of our food and essentials is from people 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. Tinned tuna in oil
  2. Basmati rice
  3. Honey
  4. Tinned fruit
  5. Tinned tomatoes
  6. Tomato paste
  7. Sweet biscuits
  8. Tinned peas, carrots & corn
  9. Jam and peanut butter
  10. Breakfast cereal


  1. Give sanitary products through Tsuno
  2. Nappies (esp. large sizes)
  3. Baby wipes (unscented)
  4. Toilet paper
  5. Deodorant
  6. Laundry liquid
  7. Dishwashing liquid
  8. Razors & shaving cream
  9. Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  10. Conditioner

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.

The essentials we need:

  1. Coles & Myer Group gift cards for members to buy essentials
  2. International calling cards (with good rates for Sri Lanka as well as African and Middle Eastern countries)
  3. Smartphones (unlocked, in good working order, with charger)
  4. Brand new toys in June and November (excluding bikes)

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 delivery/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. 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: Food and Goods Donations 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

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