Help make a difference in your community.
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.
Food For Families
We need your school's help to support people when they need it most.
It is a terrible thing if you can’t afford to put food on the table and feed your family.
Sadly, the increased cost of living has made this a daily reality for many people who are coming to us for support.
As a result, all our emergency relief services are seeing a significant increase in people reaching out to us for help. Many have never needed assistance before.
As the cost of living continues to rise and a growing number of families are struggling to make ends meet, the right help at the right time can make all the difference.
Food For Families is a great way to educate and introduce community giving to young people. Learning that the simple act of giving makes a huge difference in the lives of people in need in our community.
For older groups, Food For Families is a great project for Community and Social Justice projects; helping students develop positive relationships, working effectively in teams and developing leadership skills whilst having a direct positive impact on their local community.
For younger children, it’s a great way to teach them compassion and have discussions with them about people in need. It helps them to understand that there are people who don’t have the same things they do and that many families do not have a home or can’t afford to eat.
Food For Families helps to encourage them to be open minded about other situations and not be judgemental.
Simply having a Food For Families box in each classroom whether it is for a couple of weeks, a term or right throughout the year, you can help make a difference for families experiencing hardship whilst instilling a sense community and compassion in your students.
Ways to get involved
“The children really get into it....The program opens the students’ eyes to helping other people, not just their own families."
“It was so popular we decided it was something we wanted to add to our program every year.”
Food For Families has been running for over 30 years
The program brings local communities together to donate non-perishable food and household essential items through collections by schools, kindergartens, congregations, workplaces, community groups, individuals and families.
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 for people experiencing homelessness.
How it works
Register online today and we will send you out some Food For Families branded boxes.
You will be sent some information and links to download resources including posters, suggested shopping lists and flyers to help promote your food drive.
Distribute your boxes around the school placing one in each classroom, the office and any other high traffic locations.
Make sure you include a notice in your school newsletter and encourage everyone who can to contribute an item.
Once your collection is complete, you simply take them directly to your local drop off point so we can start distributing the goods to people in need through our pantries.