Foodbank is a grocery store set up inside the ASRC Footscray centre which members can access once a week. 85% of all food in Foodbank is donated from people like you – the community.

With your help we provide groceries to 600 people every week, many of whom are children.

With your help we support families who have no income at all and more than 90% of all our ASRC members are food insecure.*

With your help we deliver food in a fair and dignified way that is healthy and culturally appropriate.

*Deakin University Study on Food Security Among People Seeking Asylum 2015

What to Donate

Food and Household Items

  • healthy breakfast cereals
  • dried fruit, nuts & seeds
  • long life (UHT) milk
  • healthy snack foods
  • tomato paste
  • tinned fish
  • tinned tomato, corn and peas
  • tinned beans and lentils (without sauce)
  • green tea
  • spices (bulk is preferred)
  • honey (in small jars)
  • dishwashing detergent
  • shaving items
  • shampoo
  • washing powder

Foodbank is about people feeding people. That is why 85% of all our food is donated by people like you!

Follow our Foodbank Facebook Page

Please follow our Foodbank Facebook page to see regular updates on food items we need. Like us here:

People Feeding People

These are some practical ways you can help support families seeking asylum, who are living below the poverty line.

  1. Become a food sponsor
  2. Order a Foodbank ‘home delivery’ through Coles Online
  3. Donate toilet paper online via Who Gives a Crap
  4. Register a food drive with your school, family or community group

Become a Foodbank friend

You can also sign up to receive a Foodbank quarterly update on foods we need, and other activities happening at the ASRC.


Material Aid

Many ASRC members do not have the right to work and are ineligible for financial support such as Centrelink. The ASRC’s Material Aid program provides practical, material items to people seeking asylum who are experiencing financial hardship and destitution. The program provides a variety of essential items including bedding, nappies, international calling cards, cooking equipment, mobile phones and Myki credit. The program also builds and maintains relationships with external agencies to ensure we have referral pathways to other aid organisations that can provide complimentary and supplementary materials to meet our member’s needs.


Staples We Aways Need

  • Gift cards from department stores such as Kmart, Big W and Target
  • International calling cards (with good rates for Sri Lanka as well as African and Middle Eastern countries)
  • Pots and pans (new or like new – e.g. cheap kitchenware packs at Kmart, Big W, Target etc)
  • Disposable nappies in unopened packs (preferably large and extra-large)
  • Brand new linen sets in unopened packs
  • Blankets (in Autumn and Winter)
  • Mobile phones (new or used, with charger and batteries, all in working order)
  • Selected baby items: new teething rings, maternity pads, nursing pads, nipple cream. No baby clothes or other baby items
  • new socks and underwear.

To donate other items please call beforehand on 03 9326 6066

What NOT to Donate

There are some items we can’t accept because of practical or safety reasons.

  • Baked beans, canned spaghetti, canned soup
  • Baby cots, baby furniture, prams, child car restraints: Try St Kilda Mums
  • Bicycles
  • Clothes: Try The Avalon Centre
  • Furniture: Try St Vinnies on 13 18 12
  • Home Computers & Printers: Try ComputerBank
  • Whitegoods, Electrical items: Try Phoenix Fridges


Donate Online

Donate online through Ceres Fair Food for pick-up on Wednesday, or from Coles or Woolworths online for delivery to the ASRC.

You can also buy pots and pans and new linen sets online from Kmart.

Or you can buy Gift Cards online from Gift Cards online


Material Aid items on shelves

Donate in Person

Please bring your donations to either:

214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray
Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Wednesday nights from 6-8pm

For large deliveries please enter via the garage at the rear of the building on Albert St

The Alphington Community Centre
Accepting all goods Thursday 10am – noon
Or non-perishables Monday to Friday 9:30am – 3pm

CERES Fair Food
6/198 Beavers Road, Northcote
Wednesdays 2pm-4pm

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
157 Union Road, Surrey Hills Vic 3127
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, items can be taken to reception

Elwood/ St. Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre
87 Tennyson St., Elwood VIC 3184
Monday to Friday 9.30-4.30, items can be taken to reception