Food Emergencies

Food Pantries and Hampers

Food emergency support is available from food co-ops and pantries if you are:

  • a client of a community services organisation 
  • receiving some form of government payments
  • an individual or family escaping family violence 
  • a refugee or migrant
  • a carer of individuals with COVID-19 or disability, health challenges or chronic illnesses 
  • a person whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19.

The Community Info Hub run by Volunteering ACT lists all food co-ops and pantries in the ACT.

Food co-op and pantry information

Food Vouchers

The following organisations will provide food vouchers to individuals and families in distress, you may need to prove your eligibility: 

St Vincent de Paul

Phone 6282 2722

Salvation Army

Phone 1300 371 288

Uniting Care Kippax

Phone 6254 1733

St John’s Care

Phone 6248 7771


Phone 6232 2488

Migrant & Refugee Settlement Services

Phone 6248 8577

Companion House

Companion House focusses on asylum seeker and refugee communities.

Phone 6251 4550

Using your food vouchers

Food vouchers can be used at food pantries run by the following organisations:

Community Services #1

The Food Pantry is open by appointment only, ring to make an appointment.

Phone 1800 960 938
Address 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah

Holy Cross Tuckerbox

The Tuckerbox is open on Saturday afternoons between 2 and 4pm.

Phone 0490 336 409
Address Corner Antill St & Phillip Ave, Hackett

Helping Hand Pantry

Helping Hand Pantry is open Thursday and Friday mornings.

Phone 6259 2931
Address Mt Rogers Community Centre, Curley Street, Spence

The Pantry

The Pantry is open on Thursdays between 10am and 3pm.

Phone 0419 017 552
Address 76 Federal Highway, Watson


HandUp is open Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Phone 6196 8630
Address 20 Cartwright Street, Charnwood

Food Hut

Food Hut operates between 4-5:45pm on Tuesdays and 2:30-4:15pm on Thursdays.

Phone 6253 1672
Address Nations Heart Christian Community, 27 Rae Street, Belconnen

Lyons Food Corner

Lyons Food Corner is open on Mondays 1:30 – 2:30pm during the School Term.

Phone 6282 1502
Address Lyons Church of Christ, 2 Marrawah St, Lyons

Free Meals in the Community

Morning, lunchtime and evening meals are available in the following locations:

The Early Morning Centre

During the COVID-19 pandemic The Early Morning Centre is open for takeaway breakfasts between 7.30am – 8.30am Monday to Friday in the Canberra City Uniting Church building.

Phone 6247 5041
Address 69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City

Blue Door

Blue Door provides breakfast and lunch between 9am and 2:30pm each weekday in the Ainslie Village.

Phone 6234 7391 or 0438 714 542
Address 23 Quick Street, Ainslie

Canberra Roadhouse

The Australian Red Cross provides a free evening meal at the Roadhouse in Griffin Centre in the city. Meals are served between 3.00 - 5:45 pm Monday and Wednesdays, 4.00 - 5.45 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays. There is no service on Fridays.

Phone 6234 7600
Address Ground floor of the Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra

Night Patrol Vans

Night Patrol Vans operate 7 nights per week, visiting various locations across Canberra and Queanbeyan. The Night Patrol hands out drinks, sandwiches, fruit, clothing items, sleeping bags, blankets, and hygiene packs. Times and locations vary across the week, see their website for more information.