Addi Road Food Pantry

Now in two locations: Marrickville and Camperdown

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

Launched in response to growing inequality and environmental concerns in 2016, our Food Pantry has expanded from humble beginnings in an old shipping container to a mini-mart with fridges and freezers under the solar panel-covered roof.

We now rescue more than 5 tonnes of food every week and are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers, staff, partner organisations and business donors. We sell packaged goods at very low cost. As soon as you spend $5 or more we offer free fruit, vegetables and bread.

Emergency relief for communities and clients

Organisations or individuals looking for food relief hampers or vouchers for your community or clients, please contact our office on 9569 7633 or

Marrickville: Food Pantry

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
12pm – 4pm

Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville. Hut 1, the building covered in solar panels facing the big carpark.

Reach us by public transport: 428 bus stops directly outside on Addison Road, we’re a short walk from Enmore Park on Victoria Road or a 15-minute walk from Stanmore train station. We also have bike racks, plus disabled and free parking.

Camperdown: Food Pantry

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday
12pm – 4pm

31 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Camperdown

Reach us by public transport via any buses on Parramatta Rd. Get off at Missenden Road and it’s a short walk from there. We are also a short walk from Sydney University, RPA hospital and Glebe. Parking available on streets nearby.

Covid Safety at Addi Road

To access the Food Pantry, customers must obey current NSW Public Health Orders and follow:

Conditions of Entry

  1. Wear a face mask
  2. Observe 1.5m social distancing
  3. Sign in with QR code
  4. Sanitise hands. 

Addi Road has the right to refuse entry to members of public that refuse to follow these Conditions of Entry.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the Food Pantry safe for all volunteers, staff and customers.

Who can shop at the Food Pantry?

Whatever your financial situation, if you’re looking for low cost groceries or committed to reducing food waste, you are welcome at the Addison Road Food Pantry. No proof of income or visa status is required, and vouchers are available for those who cannot pay. We believe that no one should be going hungry in Australia today. 

Offer your support

You can support the Food Pantry in a number of ways: volunteering, donating food and other groceries, or by donating money.

Robyn Addi Road Food Pantry volunteerJuly 2021

 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.