Our food bank currently feeds over 900 people per week thanks to compassionate people in the Australian community.

How to give food

Food insecurity is a significant challenge for families and individuals who have lost employment, cannot leave the country and do not have access to ongoing Federal Government support.

Thanks to schools, parishes, Congregations, dioceses, community centres (Addison Road), and NGO partners, including OzHarvest, SecondBite, and Foodbank NSW & ACT, we can ensure that people living in poverty have healthy food to eat each week. JRS would also like to thank the City of Sydney Council, the City of Parramatta Council, and Cumberland City Council for their support of and contributions to the JRS Foodbank.

To donate: please call (02) 9098 9336 or email: or

To arrange drop off or delivery of food or material donations please email

The Foodbank List shows all the items needed.

How it works

Every day of the week food comes to our community centre. Volunteers and staff sort the food, and package it into family-sized and individual parcels. A separate volunteer team then delivers the food on one of more than twenty routes around Sydney.

Between March and October 2020, JRS Australia has delivered 6,773 food parcels to an average of 684 women, children, and men per week. As of October, food parcels reached more than 900 women, children and men per week. The demand just keeps growing each month as people seeking asylum remain excluded from receiving essential federal government support.

Thank you for your interest in helping families and individuals obtain the food and nutrition they need!

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