The Food Pantry

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

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

We’re now rescuing more than three tonnes of food every week and are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers, staff, partner organisations and business donors.

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.

You can support the Food Pantry in a number of ways through volunteering, donating food and other goods, or by making a small donation, scroll down for more information.

Are you looking to access emergency food relief hampers for your community or clients? Organisations or individuals, please contact our office on 9568 7633 or email info@addiroad.org.au

At a Glance

The Addi Road Food Pantry is a low cost, food rescue grocery shop that stops quality food from being thrown into landfill and makes it available to the community, no questions asked.

Our mission is simple – to rescue food and fight hunger.

Getting Here

The Food Pantry is located at Addison Road Community Centre, in Hut 1 (also the Centre office building). You can find our site map here.

Our Centre can be reached by public transport, via the 428 bus which stops directly outside on Addison Road, a short walk from Enmore Park in Victoria Road or a 15-minute walk from Stanmore train station. We also have bike racks, free and disabled parking.

From the 3rd of August, Food Pantry customers are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and must follow these Conditions of Entry to access the Food Pantry:

– Maintain social distancing

– Sign a contact register (first name and contact number)

– Have your hands sanitised by a Food Pantry team member or wash hands with soap for 20 seconds 

ACCESS TO THE FOOD PANTRY WILL BE DENIED IF CUSTOMERS REFUSE TO FOLLOW BEST PRACTISE HEALTH GUIDELINES.

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN KEEPING THE PANTRY A SAFE WORKSPACE FOR VOLUNTEERS, CUSTOMERS & STAFF ALIKE.

Hours

Monday
12pm – 4pm
Tuesday 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday 12pm – 4pm
Thursday 12pm – 4pm
Friday
12pm – 4pm

Food Rescue Table

The Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is a low cost grocer located here on site at Addi Road. We rescue fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other high quality food and household products from being thrown into landfill and offer them to our community at highly affordable rates.

By shopping at The Food Pantry you’ll be able to stretch your budget and put high quality and healthy food on the table for you and your family all the whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

Launched in 2016 our Food Pantry program has expanded from it’s humble beginnings operating out of an old shipping container to now occupying half of Hut 1 here on site. We’re rescuing over one tonne of food every week and are supported by a fantastic team of volunteers, staff and partner organisations.

Whatever your financial situation, if you’re looking for low cost groceries or committed to reducing your carbon footprint then you’ll be welcome here at The Food Pantry.

You can support the Food Pantry in a number of ways through volunteering, donating food and other goods, or by making a small donation, scroll down for more information.

Are you looking to access emergency Covid releif boxes? Organisations or Individuals please contact our office on 9568 7633 or email info@addiroad.org.au

At A Glance

The Addi Road Food Pantry is a low cost affordable grocer here on site that rescues fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other good quality food from being thrown into landfill and passes them on at highly affordable rates to the community.

Our mission is simple – to rescue food and fight hunger.

Getting Here

The Food Pantry is located here at Addi Road currently operating out of Hut 1. You can find our site map here.

Our Centre is easily accessed by public transport with the 428 stopping directly outside on Addison Road. We also have bike racks on site and free and accessibility friendly parking available for all visitors. For more information on our site check Visitor Information.

Operating Hours

Monday
12pm – 4pm
Tuesday 12pm – 4pm
Wednesday 12pm – 4pm
Thursday 12pm – 4pm
Friday
12pm – 4pm

Food Rescue Table

Information on ‘Best before’ and ‘Use-by’ dates

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

Use-by dates

‘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 affecton 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.

‘Best before’ date

‘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 dateprovided 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.

Become A Partner Organisation.

We’re always looking for new community organisations, food providers and wholesale retails to get involved and come on board with our Food Pantry program.

If you or the organisation/group you represent is interested in engaging with us by either donating food and/or resources or helping us expand our operation then simply send us an email at and one of our team will be in touch.

Join The Food Pantry Team.

Running a low cost grocer that seeks to rescue food and fight hunger here in the Inner West is an exciting and challenging operation and we need all hands on deck to help make it a reality.

And without our fabulous team of volunteers, supporters and staff we just couldn’t do it.

So if you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, or are interested in the work we do consider volunteering and becoming part of our team by filling our our online volunteer form here.

Donate Food Or Other Goods.

View our WISHLIST of items we really need right now.
We rescue well over a tonne of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other high quality food each and every week. We readily accept donations – whether they be one off, ongoing, big or small. For one off donations, simply  drop at Hut 1 142 Addison Rd, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. If you have ongoing stock for donation please call us on 9569 7633.

In addition to this we bulk purchase essential household items from Foodbank to help ensure a varied and dynamic range of products are available to our community.

Join The Food Pantry Team.

Running a low cost grocer that seeks to rescue food and fight hunger here in the Inner West is an exciting and challenging operation and we need all hands on deck to help make it a reality.

And without our fabulous team of volunteers, supporters and staff we just couldn’t do it.

So if you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, or are interested in the work we do consider volunteering and becoming part of our team by filling our our online volunteer form here.

Donate Food Or Other Goods.

We rescue well over a tonne of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and other high quality food each and every week. In addition to this we bulk purchase essential household items from Foodbank to help ensure a varied and dynamic range of products are available to our community.

We also readily accept donations – whether they be one off, ongoing, big or small. For one off donations, simply pop by or give us a call. If you have ongoing stock then fill out this form and one of our team will be in touch.

Become A Partner Organisation.

We’re always looking for new community organisations, food providers and wholesale retails to get involved and come on board with our Food Pantry program.

If you or the organisation/group you represent is interested in engaging with us by either donating food and/or resources or helping us expand our operation then simply send us an email at and one of our team will be in touch.

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call.

For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call.

For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

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