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Fair Food now a Foodbank drop point for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Our friend Chantelle who runs the Foodbank at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (that's it pictured above) asked if Fair Food could be a drop point for their Foodbank donations.  "Why not," was my response," picking up and dropping off food is in our blood" (well my grandpa did have a general store for a while).  Anyway back to the story, why, you wonder, do asylum seekers need a Foodbank ?  Well as it happens even if you are granted asylum in Australia, you may not have the right to work or access to social security benefits or have any savings left - which adds up to living in a new country with no money or family to drop around to check out what's in the fridge - hence the Foodbank.  

In the early days of the ASRC Foodbank people called up to donate food Chantelle and her crew would jump into a car and pick it up.  As you can imagine this was a time consuming way to do things and so a couple of drop off points have been set up to drop food donations.  So if you'd like to help out the newest members of our nation at the time they'll need it most then read on.... 

How it works 

Bring your food donation on any Wednesday between 2pm-4pm to

Fair Food Warehouse
Northcote Business Park
6/198 Beavers R

What to donate?

  • healthy breakfast cereals
  • dried fruit, nuts & seeds
  • flatbread
  • fresh fruit or veg
  • long life (UHT) milk
  • biscuits/chocolate
  • tomato paste
  • tinned sardines and salmon
  • tinned tomato, corn and peas
  • tinned beans and lentils (without sauce)
  • green tea, black tea & instant coffee
  • spices
  • honey (in small jars)
  • dishwashing detergent
  • shaving items
  • sanitary pads
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • toothbrushes
  • washing powder
There are also drop points at;
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre                                                                                                                                     214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray:                                                                                                                                   Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Wednesday nights from 6pm-8pm.
  • The Alphington Community Centre
    2 Kelvin Rd, Alphington
    10am-12pm every Thursday
If you'd like to donate to the ASRC Foodbank by buying something directly from Fair Food give Sue a call on 86736288 at Fair Food between 9am-4pm Monday to Thursday and we can organise it.

Buyer Josh sees a winter soup in our futures

Fair Food produce buyer and resident hi-vis yoga instructor, Josh Arzt, curates each week's set produce boxes with a mix of seasonal practicality and a finely honed intuition informed by two decades of buying organic fruit and veg.  This week, with the help of one of our favourite farmers, Joe Sgro, Josh has looked deep within and channelled produce boxes with soup top of mind.  Josh's vision-consomme features staples like carrots, celery, parsley, turnips, swedes, celeriac and cabbage much of it grown by Joe Sgro and his team out at Foothills Organics.  Of course you are free to do anything you like with your veg but if you're looking for some inspiration here's an adaptable soup recipe our resident cook, Liz Francis, put together a few weeks back.


Welcome to our new Werribee Food Host

This week Jesse our Food Host co-ordinator announced another new Food Host opening in town (that's four in three weeks!)  So in keeping with tradition we'd like to extend a very big welcome and thank you to Lisa who has opened her house in De Garis Place, Werribee. Lisa's place is open Thursdays between 5-7pm.

Lisa replaces Sarah in Byron Court, Wyndham Vale who we're really grateful to for bringing Fair Food to the South West.

Also remember our new Camberwell Food Host, Mike in Camberwell Road. Mike's place is open Thursdays between 5-8pm.  See the Food Hosts page for the full list of locations.

Have a great week


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