asrc foodbank


ASRC Foodbank is temporarily unable to accept in-person food and material donations from the general public during Stage 4 restrictions. We are able to accept donations delivered directly from suppliers (including Coles Online).

Our Foodbank is still operating to support people seeking asylum.

If you are a current ASRC member, eligible for Foodbank and need food delivered to your home, please call 03 8537 9549 or email If you are a person seeking asylum but not a current ASRC member and would like to access our Foodbank, please call ahead on 03 9326 6066 and we can help you.

The ASRC Foodbank in Footscray is OPEN on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-3:30pm.



By making a donation, you’ll be giving people 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. If you wish to support our work during Stage 4 restrictions, we are accepting the following donations:

Coles online donations
Financial donations
Online gift cards


It is not safe or permitted to accept food and groceries direct from the public during Stage 4 restrictions.

During this time we are still able to receive your Coles Online donations so please check our urgent grocery list below for the most-needed items each week. If you have any questions about donating food please email Foodbank

Most-needed food and groceries:

  • Tuna in oil 400g
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned vegetable peas, corn, carrots
  • Tinned legumes chickpeas, lentils, red, black & white beans
  • Coconut cream
  • Honey
  • Unsalted nuts almonds, cashews, walnuts
  • Dried fruit dates, apricots, sultanas
  • Spices cinnamon, turmeric, chilli, cumin
  • Chocolates
  • Sweet or savoury biscuits
  • Black tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Pasta 500g packs penne, spirals, shells
  • Full cream UHT milk 1 litre
  • Soap bars
  • Toothbrushes adult single or twin
  • 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. While this is a more expensive way to provide support, it is necessary during Stage 4 restrictions.

The ASRC supports more than a thousand people seeking asylum with food and essential groceries each fortnight. By making a financial donation to our Foodbank during Stage 4 restrictions you are giving us the choice and power to purchase the food and supplies we need to continue this support.

Thank you for your continued compassion and support during this difficult time and we look forward to returning to business as usual in the coming weeks.



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