Duke Street Community House – Food Relief Service

Helping the community get access to fresh food

Food insecurity is an enormous issue for many Australians and as reflected by government statistics, the numbers of residents reporting food insecurity increased significantly between 2019 and 2020. This has continued to grow after the pandemic and the families requesting support has in turn increased.

We have partnered with Duke Street Community House to reduce food insecurity in the local Braybrook community, by providing weekly food relief markets to the community doing it tough.

Central West shop front:

Duke Street Community House has provided the local community with a respectful, dignified market style Food Relief service at Central West Shopping Centre for over 2 years.

By coming to a convenient, central space, at Central West, the food relief program has expanded its reach and offer more support to the local community.

Each week more than 2,200kg of food is distributed to families. This includes fresh and frozen meals, pantry stock, bread, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.

With over 200 registered service users and new attendees presenting regularly, the program sees around 110 community members each week. These individuals sometimes representing household of up to 6 people. At the lowest estimate, this program feeds 200 – 300 community members each week. This means on a yearly basis, 200,000 to 400,000 meals are being provided to the community.

The Food Relief service is open every Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm, (next door to Flip Out) for people who reside in postcodes 3019, 3012 or 3020.

To access the Food Relief service or find out what other projects and programs are available, contact Duke Street Community House on (03) 9311 9973 on or email dukest@dsch.org.au