Donate Food and Goods

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 600 people every fortnight, 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. You can donate at one of our collection points or at the ASRC Footscray or Refugee Resource Hub Dandenong. 

214 – 218 Nicholson St, Footscray, 3011

  • Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm.
  • 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. If reception is busy, please call 0431 022 665. 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.

Refugee Resource Hub
205 Thomas St, Dandenong, 3175

  • Accepting donations: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am–3pm
  • For smaller donations, please bring donations to reception.

At both locations please note:

  • The ASRC has some closure dates that are outside of Victorian public holidays. It’s advisable to always call ahead on 9326 6066 and check ifcontactwe are open.
  • 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 donations bin to record your donation to ASRC.
  • Masks must be worn onsite.


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:

Run a Food Drive

– 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 see instructions below and check our grocery list 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:

Download our list of most needed food and grocery items.

  • Tuna in oil 400g
  • Olive oil (750mL – 1L)
  • Raw unsalted nuts almonds, walnuts, cashews
  • Honey small bottles
  • Dried fruit apricots, dates
  • Tahini
  • Spices small packs cumin, turmeric, chilli, garam masala, curry powder
  • Tomato paste
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Laundry power max 1kg 

Instructions for Coles online:

  • Go to -> Log in or sign up to Coles (right-hand side of screen)
  • Select ‘Choose a collection time’ on the right-hand side of screen
  • Select ‘Choose another collection location nearby’
  • 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
  • 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
  • Select ‘bag my groceries’ (this is the only option during COVID-19)
  • 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.