Food relief for international students and temporary visa holders

Emergency food relief is available for international students and temporary visa holders at weekly pop-up Hamper Hubs across Sydney. 

International students collecting food from Redfern Town Hall Hamper Hub, June 2020 (photo: City of Sydney)

OzHarvest Hamper Hubs

The OzHarvest Hamper Hubs provides emergency food relief for vulnerable members of the community, especially the International Student community. This initiative is proudly supported by the City of Sydney, NSW Government, Mirvac and nib Health Funds.

Additional Hamper Hubs (not in conjunction with Mirvac) are operating to serve vulnerable communities in Waterloo and the OzHarvest Market Kensington continues to open on Tuesdays-Friday for the general public.

Each week there will be a limited number of food relief hampers and frozen meals available for pick up at Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour, Waterside Shopping Centre, Rhodes, and other locations.

International students and temporary visa holders can access a ticket to one of two weekly Sydney locations by registering here (booking essential using a university email, a limit of one per household applies).  

Darling Harbour Hamper Hub (Weekly)

  • Thursday 23 July 2020, 12pm-4pm
    Level 1, Shop 241 Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour

Rhodes Hamper Hub (Weekly)

  • Thursday 23 July 2020, 12pm-4pm
    Waterside Shopping Centre in Rhodes, former Lovisa space, Shop 18

To find other hamper hubs, contact your local university or email hamperhubs@ozharvest.org

Additional Hamper Hubs

Study NSW has also partnered with Foodbank NSW & ACT to provide additional free food hampers to international students in NSW.

The hampers will be distributed at locations in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Armidale, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

To access your hamper, follow these steps:

  1. Call Food Bank on (02) 9756 3099
  2. State that you are an international student and your suburb, then ask for the distribution point closest to you
  3. Have your student visa and student card with you when you collect the hamper

Other supports

City of Sydney has also set up a COVID-19 community hotline for information about accommodation, access to food, finance, isolation, personal wellbeing and community support. Call 02 9265 9333 Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm).

Study NSW's Welfare Hub includes a comprehensive list of crisis food listings for emergency food assistance.

"Many international students are telling us that they cannot afford to pay bills or buy food," said RLC's international student solicitor Sean Stimson. 

"It is very heartening to see businesses and organisations stepping up to help international students in this time of crisis."

If you need free legal help or referrals, please contact Redfern Legal Centre's International Student Legal Service NSW at https://rlc.org.au/contact

See also:

RLC in the Media: Stranded foreign students rely on free food to survive (ABC Breakfast with Fran Kelly)

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