The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is holding a Festive Food Drive to help keep its Foodbank stocked for the long summer months. ASRC Foodbank provides free groceries and essential toiletries for people seeking asylum who live in our communities. Every week, more than 600 people depend on this service. The majority have no income, and rely on the ASRC as their only source of food.

    ASRC Foodbank is a unique model that enables people to shop with dignity.

    “We try to make the experience as little like charity as possible,” says Karen Quist, Food and Goods Donations Coordinator for the ASRC. “Our Foodbank is set out like a small supermarket. People take a trolley and select items from the shelves themselves.”

    The good news is that you can help. More than seventy percent of the food is donated by the public – individuals, families, and school and community groups. The ASRC accepts food donations throughout the year. In addition, they’re holding a public food drive at their Footscray centre on the last Sunday before Christmas.

    “Giving food is an immediate and tangible way to help those in need,” Karen says. “Even a small donation can make a big impact. Our public food drive events are also a great way to teach children about giving. They can help shop for the food and unpack it straight into the crates in our garage. ”

    “We ask people to shop only from a specific list,” Karen says. “This ensures that our supporters spend their money on the food we really need and don’t waste it.”

    Date     Sunday 22nd December

    Time     10am to 3pm

    Venue  Rear of ASRC building
    (opposite 46 Albert St, Footscray) The roller door will be up and you can drive right in – no need to hunt for parking!

    Further information call Karen on 9326 6066, email,

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