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During Christmas time there are plenty of places to drop off a spare can of food for those in need, but where can we make such donations for the rest of the year? (Often I get an odd product that the kids / hubby decide they are not going to eat and I could return, or easier still just donate while still in date)


Posted anonymously, 16th February 2022


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  • Get in touch with Anglicare Australia and see if there are any local food pantries in your area.


  • Almost every community has food pantries. Look for organisations like Communities at Work, the Salvos, St Vincent de Paul, Ozharvest.


  • In Victoria there are places called food share. But as someone has mentioned, try googling the suggested charity’s closest to you


  • In WA, we have a lot of Little Free Pantry’s at libraries and community centres. Shopping centres often work with Food Bank WA to collect donations. It’s also worth contacting your local church to check if they’re taking donations.


  • I always use Google to search for answers I am unsure about.
    I’m sure it’ll give you a result that suits.


  • There are plenty of organisations supporting homeless and those at risk of being homeless. I would source out a local organisation and find out what they need and see if that works for you.


  • Have a quick search on the foodbank website to see what supports are available in your area that you can make donations to.


  • Find a local food pantry. Or a charity like Communities at Work, which runs both food pantries/food hamper programs and cooking programs for low income/disadvantaged people.


  • There are community centres or community pantries in some areas. Otherwise if you’re around Brisbane or Northern NSW I imagine there will be food donation collection sites soon


  • Does your local mall or supermarket have a charity cage thing? Every other month our local mall has this cage where you can put items into for help those less fortunate.


  • Contact your local information centre. Ours is linked to a program that distributes food.


  • Ask your local facbook page, maybe someone will guide you to your local group who will accept food donation.


  • Pretty sure all charities are open to donations all year round, it just increases over Christmas


  • I donate to the local domestic and family violence program but like others have mentioned …collection bins outside the supermarket, The Salvation Army and Churches are a great start.


  • Community pantries, libraries, community services organisations.


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