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Food For Families this year is thanks to you. You are part of a team across Victoria and Tasmania who are making a real difference to people in need.

There are many ways you can help us make a difference.

Make your collection count

  • Get people involved, pull together a quick committee or group to brain storm ideas
  • Challenge people to give more. Do something a little different every day
  • Share the message – many people don’t realise how desperately food is needed within their community. #FoodForFamilies
  • Make sure everyone’s got the Shopping List and knows what to donate – email it, share a pic on Facebook, print leaflets for reception, put it on the noticeboard
  • Put your boxes and posters somewhere prominent – by the lifts, in reception, in the kitchen
  • Make it easy on yourself – Use the resources we’ve created
  • Share your success stories with us and the community using #FoodForFamilies

Spread the word

  • Use your social networks, speak to family, friends and work mates to get involved
  • Print out some posters and display them at your work, school or office. You can find these on our helpful resources page 
  • Share our shopping list so people know what to donate
  • Become a public drop off point to help us collect the donations
  • Share our Facebook and Instagram messages so we can unite and make this the most successful campaign yet.

Fun ideas

  • Ask people to bring packaged food to your Christmas party instead of gifts, wine or party food
  • Donate food instead of your office Kris Kringle
  • Hold a Christmas street party – get to know your neighbours; one box per household? Bring a ‘green bag’ each?
  • Hold an event (e.g. bowling, trivia, games etc night) and everyone donates $10, then go shopping or gather together and shop online
  • ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ teams contribute on a different days
  • Hold challenges, set a goal or create competitions.

Too busy?

  • Shop online – try Coles or Woolworths online, or your other favourite shopping channel
  • Buy a supermarket gift card for Uniting’s Emergency Relief team to do the shopping for you
  • Donate online

It’s never too late!

We all buy too much at Christmas and New Year or receive hampers with non-perishable items we don’t necessarily want.

New Year’s resolution kick start - be brutal with your cupboards and gifts on 1 January. Clear it out and we’ll do a January pick up.

Get your family and friends to do the same – and maybe make the biggest collection ever.

Food For Families thanks to you

Thanks to Eileen

Eileen and her family have been collecting Food For Families for five 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 three 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 23 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.