The Food Pantry

Open for Emergency Food Relief During The Canberra Lockdown.

The Community Services Food Pantry is a small community food outlet for people with a genuine need, or those on a limited income. It makes good food affordable and accessible. Our Food Pantry is COVID-19 compliant.

The food in our pantry is provided by FoodBank NSW, OzHarvest, Dinner’s Ready, St Vincent de Paul, The Period Project, Rainbow Paws Program, Domestic Animal Services ACT and Community donations. We are currently working in partnership with Canberra Relief Network.

If you’re on a low income, are unemployed, or struggling to get by, shopping at the Food Pantry will help stretch your budget. We have a variety of quality groceries and household products for a small donation.

Our Food Pantry has fresh food and vegetables as well as a range of pre-cooked and fresh food meals from local chefs who support a healthy diet on a limited budget. Our pantry provides meals to ‘Activities on Wheels’ on Monday’s and Friday’s.

How to access the CS#1 Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is currently open 9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday but bookings are essential.

To access our Food Pantry please make an appointment by calling 1800 960 938. New clients are welcome – please call to register.

You may be referred to the CS#1 Food Pantry by a Case Manager or Community Service Provider. Alternatively you can make an appointment directly. Please note that we will require you to complete an intake form.

Please note that the Food Pantry is cash only, we do not have EFTPOS available.

Who can use the Food Pantry?

The Food Pantry is available to anyone in need of extra support or assistance.

How much does it cost?

The Food Pantry operates on a cost recovery basis. This means that there is no fixed charge for items in the Food Pantry, however, in order to cover costs, a donation is appreciated. This can be in the form of a Food Voucher you have received from a community service organisation, or a nominal amount based on the groceries chosen.

Maximum purchases is $40.00.

How you can help

Volunteer – The CS#1 Food Pantry is supported by volunteers.

Donate – If you are a local individual or business that would like to contribute we welcome donations of food, toiletries and cleaning products. Donations of non perishables can be dropped off at 63 Boolimba Cres Narrabundah on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.

Sponsor – Monetary donations are welcome and will help us to purchase products that we can’t always source cheaply (such as nappies, coffee and hygiene products). The more sponsors we receive, the more people we can help in our community.

Get in touch with reception@communityservices1.org if you’d like to get involved!

To find out more about this program, contact us on 1800 960 938.