Foodbank Brisbane Locations – Where to Go to Get or Give a Hand Up

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Looking for “Foodbank Brisbane” locations? Whether you are in need of help or want to offer assistance, if you are looking for food banks Brisbane has lots to offer.  Nobody in Brisbane should have to go hungry.

Foodbanks are available to all Queenslanders are who are in need. From food bank Redcliffe, to food parcels in Eight Mile Plains there will be a location in our list near you!

Our community is only as strong as its bonds; working together makes sure that life is that little bit easier for everyone.

What is a food bank?

You may have seen the Foodbank QLD collection cages in shopping centres at certain times of the year, where donations of food can be placed for those in need. Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation feeding vulnerable Australians. They are there for Australians in times of emergency after floods and bushfires, and they continue to be there every day for Australians, providing relief to hundreds of thousands of people each month.

Foodbank is a food charity in Brisbane and they work with farmers and growers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to supply food parcels to other charities, schools and families.

Getting free food hampers Brisbane and other places

Feeding yourself, and your family, when you’re struggling is the kind of problem that keeps you up at night. There is no shame in asking for help and there are plenty of places offering ways to help you cut the cost of living in Brisbane. If you’re looking for food parcels, cheap groceries, food vouchers and/or hot meals in Brisbane, there are a range of options North and Southside.

Here are some of the Brisbane food bank partners and other charitable organisations you can go to for free food parcels in Brisbane. They include drop-in centres, food vans and food distribution outlets.

Brisbane Northside 2022

  • Wesley Mission. (Fortitude Valley). Offering food parcels, hot meals, medical script subsidies and emergency support. Ph: 1300 207 162
  • 3rd Space Brisbane (New Farm). A drop-in service for families or individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Services include food parcels, affordable meals, showers, laundry, access to medical, mental health, law, employment, tenancy, counselling, legal support and other services. Open 7 days. Ph: 07 3254 1144
  • Brothers in Need (Food Vans and Mobile Kitchen Services) Distribution of hot meals, non-perishable items and sanitary essentials. Ph: 0457 969 997. Frequents CBD.
  • Communify Queensland. (Bardon, Paddington, and New Farm.) Community organisation offering a range of services. Emergency relief, childcare, social support, no-interest loans, crisis intervention, mental health support, food vouchers, free food, and treatment for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems. Ph:  07 3510 2700
  • Community Friends (West End). Free food parcels given out weekly on Wednesdays, emergency food parcels 24/7 and clothing and accommodation for homeless and disadvantaged people. Ph: 0418 754 900
  • UCA St Andrew’s Uniting Church (CBD). Free two-course meal for lunch every Saturday commencing at 11.30am along with a free community shop stocked with essentials including clothes and toiletries. Ph: 07 3108 4644
  • Nexus Care (Everton Park). A Fresh Start Program membership entitles any household to six parcels within a calendar year, with a minimum of one month between each parcel collection. Each time you collect your food parcel, a contribution of $5 will be required. Ph: 07 3353 7230
  • Loaves and Fishes (Caboolture). Meals on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (gold coin donation), food parcels ($45 at Caboolture), discounted groceries. Ph. 07  54955240 
  • Citipointe Care (Caboolture, Redcliffe, Pine Rivers). Low-cost and free food, personal and household products, maternity packs through hospitals for new mums, a community marketplace and Christmas hampers for those doing it tough. Ph: 07 3343 8888
  • Dig In (Fortitude Valley). Serving hot meals to homeless and disadvantaged people on Saturdays 4.30pm – 5pm. 
  • Coffee Brigade coffee van (various stops around the city). Serving sandwiches, fruit and hot drinks to homeless and disadvantaged people. Ph: 07 3831 8219 
  • Salvos (Queensland-wide). Offering Christmas food hampers to those in need and emergency assistance throughout the year. Ph: 1300 371 288
  • Vinnies. Providing a range of support services to those in need, including emergency assistance, education and disaster relief. Ph: 1800 846 743
  • Encircle Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre (Redcliffe). Support services including counselling, family therapy and food parcels. Ph: 07 3284 3081
  • The Lakes Anglican (Mango Hill). Emergency relief for people experiencing hardship. Aid includes non-perishable food parcels, toiletries and food vouchers. For residents of Mango Hill, North Lakes, Griffin and adjoining suburbs. Ph: 0449 895 559
  • ADRA Pine Rivers (Dakabin). Low-cost food hampers for individuals and families experiencing disadvantage via a local community pantry. Hampers available Tuesday mornings. Registration form to be completed on first visit. Ph: 0412 163 723. 

Brisbane Southside 2022

  • Wesley Mission (Balmoral). Offering food parcels, hot meals, medical script subsidies and emergency support. Ph: 1300 207 162
  • Belong (Acacia Ridge, and Moorooka by appointment). Emergency relief, food vouchers, rent or utility support, transport vouchers, food coop for discounted groceries (annual membership fee of $4), support groups, English classes for migrants and citizenship classes. Ph: (Acacia Ridge) 07 3277 4893. Ph: (Moorooka) 07 3075 8925
  • Access Street Vans (Mansfield). Christian charitable organisation. Providing meals, drinks and blankets in winter. Ph: 07 3349 4555
  • ADRA Community Centres (Logan) provides food, clothing, furniture, emergency relief and assistance to those in need and also those suffering the effects of relocation because of domestic violence. Ph: 07 3290 3011
  • Citipointe Care (Carindale, Ipswich, St. Lucia). Low-cost and free food, personal and household products, maternity packs through hospitals for new mums, a community marketplace and Christmas hampers for those doing it tough. Ph: 07 3343 8888
  • Lighthouse Care (Loganholme and Hillcrest). Cheap groceries (whole trolley $25) and up to 70% off food and personal care items for click and collect or home delivery. Emergency food relief available. Ph: 07 3806 0639
  • Tribe of Judah (Slacks Creek). Heavily discounted groceries with no membership fee, health card or pension card required. Ph: 07 3290 3610
  • Loaves and Fishes (Slacks Creek). Meals on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (gold coin donation), food parcels ($40), discounted groceries. Ph. 07 38085713
  • Dig In (West End). Serving hot meals to homeless and disadvantaged people on Saturdays 4.30pm – 5pm. 
  • Gateway Care Centres (Mackenzie, Ormeau, Redlands, Logan, City). Food relief, clothing and household supplies for those in need. Ph: 07 3291 5900 
  • Coffee Brigade coffee van (various stops around the city). Serving sandwiches, fruit and hot drinks to homeless and disadvantaged people. Ph: 07 3831 8219 
  • Salvos (Queensland-wide). Offering Christmas food hampers to those in need and emergency assistance throughout the year.. Ph: 1300 371 288 
  • Vinnies. Providing a range of support services to those in need, including emergency assistance, education and disaster relief. Ph: 1800 846 743
  • Emmanuel City Mission (South Brisbane). A place to receive a hot meal and get clean clothes and toiletries. Open daily, times vary  
  • ADRA Community Centre (Eight Miles Plain). Support for people living in specific suburbs around Eight Miles Plain including groceries, bread and fresh fruit and vegetables for those in need. Ph: 07 3841 0621
  • Food Not Bombs (West End). Weekly street kitchen at Bunyapa Park, West End Friday evenings. Cooking from 4pm. Eat at 6.30pm. 

Looking for an outreach place closer to you? Enter your details at this link and see what you can find. Enter your details in this community directory to find a Brisbane food distribution centre near you.

How to help families in need

Most of the above services accept donations to support the services they provide to the community. Visit their website for details of how you can donate to support local families in need. A small donation can go a long way. Some of the services may accept food donations directly, but reach out to them first to check what they need as things change throughout the year. 

If you want to offer to donate food in Brisbane here is a list of locations:

Foodbank Queensland – ways to support Foodbank Brisbane 

The Foodbank Queensland model is to rescue food on a very large scale from registered food retailers, farmers and manufacturers. Collecting food on such a large scale helps the charity to supply the most food to the network of over 300 frontline charities and 300 school breakfast programs in the most cost-effective way possible. Due to COVID-19, public food donations were no longer able to be accepted. During this time, Foodbank Queensland found that accepting small ad-hoc donations from the public reduces their overall efficiently and increases operating costs.

To support Foodbank Queensland, please consider making a donation. Every $1 helps them provide enough food to create 2 meals for a Queenslander in need. You can also support them by joining their team of volunteers. Their volunteers provide support Monday to Friday to help get food to those who need it most.

For individuals, schools, or fundraising teams looking to collect and donate food, we recommend finding a local charity or shelter that may be able to accept your food relief donation directly. To find a local food relief charity to support, we recommend visiting Ask Izzy.

Christmas season Foodbank donation boxes at Retail First Pty Ltd shopping centres

Retail First Pty Ltd shopping centres, in collaboration with All Purpose Transport, runs an annual food donation drive across South East Queensland to help OzHarvest address the increased demand for food assistance over the Christmas season. Shopping centre customers are encouraged to donate some non-perishable food items that could help a local family in need over the Christmas period. You can find out more at Retail First.

Christmas foodbank donation cages are available from October – December at the following locations:

North Brisbane

  • Aspley Hypermarket
  • Brookside Shopping Centre
  • Caboolture Herald office
  • Margate Village
  • Redcliffe Peninsula Fair
  • Stafford City Shopping Centre
  • Toowong Village

South Brisbane

  • Booval Fair
  • Calmavale Central
  • Cannon Hill KMart Plaza
  • Capalaba Park
  • Fairfield Gardens
  • Logan Central Plaza
  • Mt Gravatt Plaza
  • Redbank Plaza
  • Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town
  • Sunnybank Plaza

Volunteering your services at a food relief Brisbane centre

Contact any of the Northside and Southside organisations mentioned above to enquire about becoming a food-relief volunteer. Volunteers are required across all skill areas including cooking, packing, serving, delivering, collecting and personal support.

Who should I talk to if I need support?

If you need to access support, be it through a Foodbank Brisbane location or via other means, there are people that you can talk to.

Make an appointment with a bulk-billing GP (covered by Medicare) to discuss your personal situation. You may be entitled to free counselling sessions under Medicare.

Get in contact with Centrelink and explain your situation to see what payments and support services you might be able to access.

Reach out to organisations. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, Share the Dignity have a wealth of wonderful resources that might be of assistance to you.

Foodbank Brisbane Christmas food drives

Organise with your local community to see if you can support those who aren’t as lucky. Every little bit counts, particularly in the Christmas season when things can feel really hard.

Christmas is often a time of year when many of us look outwards to see how we can be more responsive to the needs of vulnerable members of our community. If you’re looking for Christmas charity ideas or the Best Kids Charities to work with then we’ve got some extensive articles designed to help you connect.

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10 responses to “Foodbank Brisbane Locations – Where to Go to Get or Give a Hand Up”

  1. Sally Huddart says:

    Why is it so hard to organise a Food Parcel for the people who have lost everything in these floods? Can someone help me please. I live in Waterford West.

  2. Monika says:

    Where do i go to het free food hampers and food vouchers please single mum of 4 kids

  3. Christine howlett says:

    I use to get free food from the church at Margate, but have moved to griffin, there is alittle hall at kalanga but it no longer has food.

  4. Marilyn Roberts says:

    Our Boomerang Bags, Oxley group, has used funds it has raised to support the owners of our local Foodworks store who have been forced into closing.
    We have bought $250 worth of goods that we would like to Food Bank.
    Can you please advise a place to deliver these goods to.

  5. Clare Taylor says:

    I have a friend who is struggling at the moment as he doesn’t have a job & moved to Cleveland from Albury & is trying to support himself & his son so I am trying to find some assistance for him as he is too proud & embarrassed to ask himself.

  6. Carly Smith says:

    My husband has lost his job because of the virus,I work from home at the moment,are we able to recive food parcels,as we are finding things hard.if so were would we be able to pick them up,and we don’t have a heath card so what should we need?we life a Everton park brisbane

    • Joanne Crane says:

      Hi Carly, sorry to hear about your husband’s job. It’s better to contact the organisations directly by following the links to see what help is available. good luck with everything.

  7. C P says:

    Citipointe West Marketplace is great location for low budget groceries.
    Open Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm.
    Offers emergency food parcels too.

  8. Wendy says:

    The Mt Gravatt Community Centre has free food parcels. Please phone 3348 9833 to organise a time to collect one.

  9. Helen says:

    I was wondering if there is a store i can buy some fruits and vegetables and maybe some canned goods at a consesional rate. I am on Newstart and have some casual work, but it changes from week to week.
    I see these shows on TV where you can shop by paying what you can afford, is there any on the south side of Brisbane?
    Thank you for your help,
    Helen

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