How our charities feed the homeless

7th August 2021 | Moira Geddes

Homelessness Week for 2021 (August 1-7) is drawing to a close, and once again it’s done a great job in raising awareness of the impact of homelessness in Australia. But one thing people sometimes forget is that with homelessness comes hunger. So we’ve decided to shine a light on the amazing efforts our charities make to feed the homeless.

Being “homeless” can be defined in many different ways and can impact anyone from any socioeconomic class at any time – it doesn’t discriminate. Alarmingly, each night in Australia more than 116,000 people are living in crisis accommodation or temporary housing, couch surfing, sleeping in their car or sleeping on the streets. Although some of these people technically have a roof over their heads, they’re all considered to be homeless.

Australia has a number of great food rescue organisations, including Oz Harvest, Foodbank, SecondBite and Fareshare, which are all committed to helping frontline charities feed those in need. While these organisations continue to do an amazing job, many are in desperate need of longer-term solutions. And when a person is worried about where they can safely sleep for the night, often the last thing on their mind is how to go about sourcing a nutritious meal. This is why meal times at our crisis and emergency accommodation centres are so important, and are considered to be a crucial part of the support process.

In the video below and as part of our support of the 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Eativity caught up with staff and volunteers from Freeman House in Armidale, John Purcell House in Nowra, Edel Quinn in Wagga Wagga, and Sydney’s Matthew Talbot Hostel and Marian Centre to find out more about what our charities are doing to help feed the homeless.

If you’d like to show your support and help Australia’s homeless, please go to the Vinnies website to donate to their Winter Appeal. For more information on homelessness in Australia and available support services, head to