When you run a food drive for the ASRC Foodbank, you’ll make a difference to people seeking asylum by providing one of the most basic human rights, food.
Food is one of the most immediate and tangible ways to give someone a hand up. When you donate food, you can:
Decide on a start and finish date. The shorter the time span for your food drive, the easier it will be to keep people engaged.
Choose a drop-off location for the food. If your food drive is at a school, in an office or community centre, choose a drop-off location that is easy to access and highly visible, and provide a large container labelled with the food list.
If you are holding a drive within your local neighbourhood, a protected front porch in a dog-free front yard can be used as a contactless ‘any time’ donation point.
Once your food drive is finished, please contact us to deliver the food to us. We have limited transport resources, and are generally unable to collect.
We rely heavily on donations to be able to provide food and essential items for our clients.
We do please ask that you ONLY bring foods from the list below.
Please check that the food you donate is within the expiry date. To respect the dignity of our members, and also to comply with Victorian health regulations, we cannot accept items that are past their use-by or best-before date or have damaged or open packaging.
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:
ITEMS WE DON’T RECEIVE/NEED
– Please note that the ASRC does not need baked beans, tinned spaghetti, or tinned soup.
– At this time, we do not require toys or household items or clothes.
Make it a competition
A little competition helps raise the stakes. Set a goal for your school or office and have different classes or departments compete to see who collects the most food. Offer an incentive such as a pizza and movies afternoon for the winning team or classroom.
Create a theme
Your food drive can be themed around a season eg Winter Warmers or religious events such as Christmas or Rosh Hashanah. This connection will help keep your food drive relevant, and at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Build a connection to the cause
Give donors a fact sheet that includes some background information on people seeking asylum who live in our communities, and the work and purpose of the ASRC. Informing your participants helps to connect them with the cause.