If you’re looking for a handy list of food banks in Perth, Western Australia, we’ve featured 9 of them for you below.
In East Victoria Park, Joan and Gordon Sutherland opened HavenWell (then referred to as The Haven) to help the 12% of Australians living with food insecurity. Open six days a week, HavenWell provides Perth residents in need with not only emergency hampers containing food and hygiene materials but for those homeless or rough sleepers, residents can eat a hot, fresh meal and take a hot shower, as well.
As a nonprofit charity, HavenWell relies on the donations and support of the Perth community to continue its good work. You can help by donating food directly to HavenWell or donating money through the online portal. If you need help from HavenWell or would like to volunteer your time there, contact them by phone or email.
2. Margaret Court Community Outreach
Opened by Reverend Margaret Court in 1997, the Margaret Court Community Outreach provides support for struggling Perth residents in three locations: Osborne Park, Kwinana, and Forrestfield. Emergency food hampers contain fresh meats and produce, dried goods, frozen goods, and hygiene items.
You can support the Margaret Court Community Outreach program by becoming a volunteer, donating food or clothing to one of the three distribution sites, or donating money online. Contact your closest centre for more information.
3. Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA Inc)
In Cockburn Central, AYLA opened in 2010 and provides a range of services for Perth’s less fortunate residents, including a low-cost food market, a discount marketplace, and housing assistance. Emergency food hampers can be provided to those families and individuals suffering from immediate food insecurity through an online booking service.
You can help support AYLA through donating money through their online page or by registering to be a volunteer. You can also help at their many fundraising events throughout the year. For other questions, or to find out how to donate food directly, contact them using their online message system.
4. Second Harvest Australia
Since 2009, the Emergency Food Service of Second Harvest in Hamilton Hill has provided emergency food hampers to those Perth vetted by the Food Centre as struggling with food insecurity. Recently, Second Harvest has also begun providing emergency food hampers to help those leaving hospital who are or may be struggling to provide food for themselves or their families. Emergency food hampers often contain fresh and frozen produce, as well as non-perishable items, but sometimes contain whole meals prepared by members of the community.
To find out how to volunteer or donate, or for any other questions you may have about their services, contact Second Harvest Australia by phone or email.
In 1996, Bev and John Lowe started Manna in Victoria Park to help the homeless and struggling of Perth to get back on their feet. Their emergency food hampers include personal hygiene and toiletry items, tinned and dried foods, breaded goods, and long-life milk.
As a registered charity, Manna relies on the help of the community and volunteers. You can donate money to Manna online, or to find out how to donate needed food and personal care items, visit here. You can also volunteer to help pack or distribute hampers to those in need. Contact Manna to find out more about their programmes or for any other questions.
The Crossways community organisation in Kelmscott has provided the residents of Perth and its suburbs with adult education and assistance services since 1998. They have charitable clothing shops and cafes, but they also have a reduced cost food pantry and emergency relief for the residents of Armadale. Emergency relief services are by appointment only four mornings a week but will help supply the necessary resources for families and individuals to not go hungry or homeless.
You can help support Crossways through donations or volunteering; visit this page to find out how. For more information, contact Crossways at their main office, the café, or clothing store.
Started by Dreambuilders Church Perth in the early 2010s, DreambuildersCare in Midland provides a variety of services to the residents of Midland and Swan, such as an op-shop, low-cost supermarket, and seniors-only discount café. For those suffering from food insecurity, they offer a daily free bread and produce collection and an emergency food hamper service for qualifying residents.
You can apply online to be a volunteer or make a financial donation via bank transfer. If you’d like to donate food or clothing items, you can do so by contacting DreambuildersCare by phone or their online message service.
8. Foodbank Western Australia – Perth Airport
The Perth branch of Foodbank Western Australia can be found at Perth Airport. The branch functions like a discount supermarket; qualifying visitors choose the foods they need, up to 70kg a week, and pay between $1.50AUD per kilogram. Foodbank Western Australia also operates mobile foodbanks in Perth and its suburbs; each hamper costs between $5-$15AUD depending on the hamper’s contents.
Helping Foodbank Western Australia is easy: you can donate food items at the Perth Airport branch or donate money using the online form. To volunteer at one of the branches in or near Perth, you can register online at this page. Contact them online for more information.
9. The Pantry
In the mid-2010s, The Pantry in Wangara opened to provide “food, grace, and hope” to Perth residents suffering food insecurity and homelessness. Two days a week, the Pantry is open for residents to collect pre-packaged food hampers intended to help get them to their next grocery shop.
You can help The Pantry by donating money online or via bank transfer. To find out how to volunteer or donate food to the Pantry, contact them via phone or email.
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