About Food For Families

Food For Families has been running for over 30 years. The campaign was started by Leader newspaper, then Wesley Mission Victoria took the lead with the aim of generating more material aid to support increasing demand on services, but no increases in funding.

Food For Families has continued under Uniting branding since 21 UnitingCare agencies, Wesley Mission Victoria and two Uniting Church business units became a single organisation, Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania in July 2017.

The program brings local communities together to donate non-perishable food and household essential items through collections at schools, workplaces and Uniting drop-off points. Food For Families is a great way to get together to make a tangible difference to the lives of individuals and families experiencing hardship and crisis throughout the year.

The food, gifts and household essentials are distributed at our emergency relief, family services and outreach centres across Victoria and Tasmania. Families can select food from our food pantry when times get tough and bills stack up. We also provide food that’s easy to prepare to people experiencing homelessness, either sleeping rough or living in their car.

Everyday we dig deeper to provide support when people need it most. We want to support everyone who comes to us for help – but we can’t do it alone.

We know the need is there with all our emergency relief service seeing a significant increase in people reaching out to us for help. Many have never needed assistance before. In fact, right now one in every five people turning up for food assistance at our services is there for the very first time.

Thanks to Tami

Tami and her family have been donating food at Christmas time for almost 10 years now. Tami creates her own ‘advent’ calendar which tells the family each day what food item to put in the Food For Families box they are gradually filling.

“The children really enjoy it…I wanted to teach them Christmas is about giving, it’s not just about receiving.” says Tami.

Ways to get involved

There are many ways you, your family and friends can get involved in Food For Families.

How it works

Food For Families is simple. Find out how you can make sure families in your area have full pantries.

Helpful resources

Our helpful resources are designed to help you make the most of your collection.

Meet our supporters

Food For Families is thanks to our supporters who participate year in, year out.

Food For Families. Thanks to you.

Thanks to Eileen

Eileen and her family have been collecting Food For Families for seven years now. Finding time to help others isn’t always easy with three children, but Eileen has found Food For Families to be a simple and effective way to give.

Thanks to Jess

Food For Families is a great way to bring family and friends together at Christmas. For the past four years, Jess has called on her nearest and dearest to help collect food and toiletries for families in need during the festive season.

Thanks to Mount View Primary School

Mount View Primary School have been part of Food For Families for an amazing 25 years. Each year the children get excited about donating, thinking carefully about what they will bring in. Last year they collected more boxes than any other school in Victoria.