Addi Road Food Relief & Rescue

At Addi Road, we believe access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food is a human right.

Our Addi Road Food Pantry helps you stretch your budget and put healthy food on the table, while reducing your carbon footprint.

We rescue 8 tonnes of food every week

We sell packaged goods at very low cost. As soon as you spend $5 or more we offer free fruit, vegetables and bread.

We are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers, staff, partner organisations and business donors.

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Emergency food relief

If you are an organisation looking for emergency food relief hampers or grocery vouchers for your community or clients, please contact our office on 9569 7633 or

Why create Addi Road Food Pantry?

In response to growing inequality (identified in our Mind the Gap research) and environmental food waste concerns, we started our Food Pantry in 2016. Our humble first store was in an old shipping container.

Addi Road Food Pantry

Addi Road Food Pantry


Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
12 noon – 4 pm

Open Wednesday
12 noon – 7 pm

Addison Road Community Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Hut 1, the building covered in solar panels facing our big carpark. Get directions


Open Monday to Friday
12 noon – 4 pm

31 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Camperdown
Get directions

Who can shop at the Addi Road Food Pantry?

Everyone is welcome. Whatever your financial situation, if you’re looking for low cost groceries or committed to reducing food waste, you are helping us keep our service open.

No proof of income or visa status is required. We believe that no one should be going hungry in Australia today. 

Ways to prepare low-cost meals 

We’ve created a Let’s Get Cooking guide with simple recipes, home pantry essentials list and tips to save money when food shopping.

Medical van with people sitting in front of it.

What else is at the Food Pantry?

At our Marrickville Food Pantry on the grounds of our community centre, we have partnered with some incredible services.

Street Side Medics

Wednesdays 6-8pm

A FREE not-for-profit GP-led medical service for people with barriers to accessing medical care. All welcome.

Free hot meal included.

Elderly man with doctor


Mondays 11.30am-2.30pm 

4Voices provide connection to anyone experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, social isolation, domestic violence or digital exclusion.

Get help with housing applications, Centrelink paperwork, resumes, free use of printers, scanners and laptops, or simply come for a cuppa and a chat.

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You can support food relief for people struggling in 3 ways

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 What do Best before and Use by dates mean?


The Food Authority of NSW sets out some useful guidance on the difference between ‘Best before’ and ‘Use-by’ dates.

‘Best before’

‘Best before’ means the date which signifies the end of the period during which the intact package of food, if stored in accordance with any stated storage conditions, will remain fully marketable and will retain any specific qualities for which express or implied claims have been made.

Foods marked ‘best before’ are safe to be consumed after that date provided the food is otherwise fit for human consumption. These foods can be expected to retain their colour, taste, texture and flavour, provided they have been stored correctly.

Foods date marked ‘best before’ may be sold after this date, provided the food is not deteriorated or perished.

Examples of foods frequently marked ‘best before’ include canned foods, cereals, biscuits, sauces, chocolate, sugar, flour and frozen foods.

‘Use by’

‘Use by’ means the date, which signifies the end of the estimated period, if stored in accordance with any stated storage conditions, after which the intact package of food should not be consumed because of health and safety reasons. It is illegal to sell food, which has passed its ‘use by’ date:

A ‘use-by’ date tells the consumer the date by which the food must be eaten or thrown away. Food may be unsafe to eat after the ‘use-by’ date expires, even though spoiling may not be visible.

Nutrients in the food may become unstable after the ‘use-by’ date expires, which can have an adverse affect on the health of people who are ill or unable to eat typical food.

Foods date marked ‘use-by’ must not be sold after this date because the food could pose a health or safety risk.

Examples of foods frequently marked ‘use-by’ include perishables such as ready-to-eat chilled foods like smoked salmon, sliced ham, some small goods and shaved meats. They also include special dietary foods that provide the sole source of nutrition.


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