Donate Food and Goods

Our Foodbank is operating to support people seeking asylum. Information on how to access food is outlined here:

When you donate food to the ASRC Foodbank, you’ll make a difference to people seeking asylum by providing one of the most basic human rights—food.

ASRC Foodbank currently provides free groceries to around 1000 people every week, most of whom have no income and no work rights. Around half of them are children. 

Food is one of the most immediate and tangible ways to give someone a hand up. Every donation makes a difference.


We are pleased to announce that our centre in Footscray is able to receive food donations from the general public once again. Demand for food has tripled since the onset of the pandemic, and we urgently need your support.

Please note our current opening hours and new Covid-safe protocols as follows:

  • Opening hours:  Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.
  • Please bring food donations to the rear of the building – the roller door opposite no. 46 Albert St, Footscray. Press the buzzer beside the door for our reception team to open the door remotely. You can drive right into the garage.
  • For smaller donations, please use the new food donations trolley bin provided and close the lid securely once goods are inside.
  • For large donations (eg. workplace food drive) please email in advance to arrange a drop-off time 
  •  For all donations please use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code displayed on the bin and garage area to record your donation to ASRC.
  • Masks must be worn by all persons leaving your vehicle.
  • Please help us keep our vulnerable community safe by using the hand sanitiser provided, observing social distancing, and following any directives issued by our staff and volunteers.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you back at our centre.


By donating, you’ll be giving people a hand upon 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. If you wish to support our work, we are accepting the following donations:

– Donate in person at our Footscray HQ

– Donate in person at one of our collection centres

– Coles online donations

– Financial donations

– Online gift cards


Ordering food through Coles Online is still the safest, most convenient way to support the work of our Foodbank. Please check our grocery list below for the most-needed items, and follow our Facebook page to see what’s urgently required each week. If you have any questions about donating food, please email Foodbank

Most-needed food and groceries:

  • Tuna in oil 400g
  • Tinned tomatoes 400g
  • Tinned vegetable peas, corn, carrots
  • Coconut cream
  • Honey small bottles
  • Black tea bags
  • Pasta 500g packs penne, spirals, shells
  • Full cream UHT milk 1 litre
  • Soap bars
  • Dishwashing liquid 1 litre
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Buy sanitary pads through Tsuno


  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 either Tuesday or Thursday 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!

Please note that the ordering window for Tuesday closes at midday Monday, and the Thursday window closes at midday Wednesday.


You can also support our work with a financial donation which allows us to continue purchasing the food and groceries we need to keep our Foodbank shelves well-stocked and ensure food security for the people we support.



Buy a gift card online and have it delivered to:

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Att: Fundraising Administrator
L1, 218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011

*If you would like a tax-deductible receipt, please include your gift card receipt and email or mailing address.