Foodbank Central Australia, with a mission to end hunger is now OPEN in their new premises – the big purple building next to Mombasa Day Spa & Hair Lounge at 30 North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs. Foodbank aims to provide more than 500,000 meals to those in need across Central Australia over the next 12 months, whilst always offering a dignified shopping experience for all who attend.

Foodbank will support “long term food security” with its own hub in Alice Springs, “where those in need can have a dignified shopping experience.

A referral is needed in order to go to Foodbank, so if you live with financial hardship, simply visit Salvation Army, Lutheran Care, Congress or St Vinnies very early one morning to ask for a referral to FoodBank. They have been helping local agencies with ad hoc food relief for more than 10 years. What might cost $250 in a supermarket may only cost $30 through a Foodbank Food Hub, with 15kg of fruit and vegetables free of charge. Foodbank Food Hubs offers people a dignified shopping experience.

They are set up to resemble a general store, similar to Woolworths or IGA. Foodbank encourages people to choose healthy food options by providing free fruit, vegetables and bread.Affordable recipe packs and readymade meals are available for those willing to learn how to cook or unable to cook.

Foodbank’s aim is to assist local welfare agencies to provide more food to people requiring emergency food relief. Foodbank offer pantry foods, meat, frozen foods, personal hygiene products and household cleaning products. Vegetables, fruit and bread are offered free with a voucher.Welfare agencies who are customer members of Foodbank (Congress, Salvo’s & Lifeline) can provide people with vouchers or a referral that can be redeemed at the Foodbank Food Hub sites. Food Hub customers must present their valid voucher or a referral and provide identification each time they visit.