Give to the ASRC Foodbank

By supporting the ASRC Foodbank, you’ll make a difference to people seeking asylum and refugees by providing one of the most basic human rights – food.

Giving food is the most immediate and tangible way to support people seeking asylum. Every donation makes a difference.


We aim to reduce food insecurity by providing access to sufficient nutritious and culturally appropriate food that meets the requirements for an active and healthy life. We also provide basic toiletries and cleaning goods.

The ASRC Foodbanks supports approximately 1200 people per month, approximately 40% of them are children.

We rely on donations to continue this service for people seeking asylum, every donation makes a difference!

Ways to give to the Foodbank

Running a Food drive is a  great way to bring the community together, to support those in need. You can run it as an individual, group or school.

To run a food drive please visit https://asrc.org.au/ways-to-give/donate-food/how-to-run-a-food-drive-for-the-asrc-foodbank/ for more information, support and resources. You can also email us at donatefood@asrc.org.au

 Ordering food through Coles Online is still the safest, most convenient way to support the work of our Foodbank. 

Please see instructions below and follow our Instagram or Facebook  pages to see what’s urgently required each week.

Instructions for Coles online: 

  • Go to Coles Online and log in or sign up to Coles (right-hand side of screen)

  • Select “click and collect”

  • 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, you do not need to collect your order.

  • Click on the ‘Coles Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Donation’ tab.

  • Click on ‘Choose a collection time’ .

  • Select either Tuesday or Thursday 9.00am–11.00am timeslot.

  • Please note that the orders for Tuesday closes at midday Monday, and the orders for Thursday closes at midday Wednesday.

  • Select ‘bag my groceries’.

  • Start shopping and complete your order.

You can also support our work with a financial donation  which allows us to continue to support people seeking asylum.

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ASRC Foodbank - Urgently Needed Items

Essential food items are our priority, and sticking to the list ensures that our community’s needs are met, and we make the most out of your donation. We would love your donations of:

  • Tuna in oil of any size (95g, 185g or 425g)
  • Tomato paste
  • Coconut cream or milk
  • Honey
  • Full cream UHT milk 1 litre
  • Instant coffee / black tea bags
  • Sweet / savoury biscuits
  • Basmati rice
  • Tinned vegetables (peas, carrots, corn kernels)
  • Oil (750ml – 1 litre)
  • Dried legumes (chickpeas, split red lentils, yellow split peas)
  • Spices (cumin, turmeric, chilli, coriander)
  • Laundry powder 1kg packs
  • Laundry liquid 1 litre
  • Unsalted dried nuts
  • Dried fruit

ASRC Centre Donation Locations

ASRC Footscray

Address: 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray, 3011

Please bring donations to the rear of the building, opposite no. 46 Albert St, Footscray. On arrival at the roller door please call 0431 022 665 to open the roller door and greet you and assist with the use of the QR code if needed.

Accepting donations Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00- 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

Please scan the QR code to fill in your details and details of your donation, would love to thank you for your support!

Refugee Resource Hub

Address: 205 Thomas St,
Dandenong, 3175

Please bring donations to our reception.

Accepting donations:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am -12.30pm and 1pm – 4pm Wednesday and Friday by arrangement only, please contact on 8772 1380
Please scan the QR code to fill in your details and details of your donation, would love to thank you for your support!

Other Drop-Off Donations locations across Melbourne

You can also drop into one of our collection points for approved food items only.
You can also drop off your donations to one of the locations below.
Please note – the collection centres listed below have very limited storage capacity. If you have a large amount to donate, please bring it directly to the ASRC centres listed above. We’d love to meet you too!

2 Kelvin Rd, Alphington 3078 Ph: 9499 7227 Accepting non perishable food donations any time, please go to the dark grey roller door shed in the backyard of the centre.

321 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North 3068 Accepting small donations Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm

20 Water Rd, Preston 3072
Ph: 8673 6288
Accepting donations Monday – Friday 7.30am – 1pm

3 Chester St, Oakleigh 3166 Ph: 9568 2456 Accepting donations Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm

87 Tennyson St, Elwood 3184
Accepting donations Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Enquiries please email: reception@esnlc.org.au

157 Union Rd, Surrey Hills 3127 Accepting donations Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm; Friday 9am – 2.30pm

257 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley (parking is available at the front of the building)
9808 3188
Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm

Contact us if you have any queries
Please contact us if you have any queries at donatefoods@asrc.org.au
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