Food Rescue – The Foodbank NT Warehouse (located at 9 Mel Road Berrimah), is a hive of
activity Monday to Friday with Mondays and Thursdays being particularly busy with their “food
rescue” program. Starting bright and early, they’re supplied with fresh milk & bread before
volunteers in vans make their way across Darwin, Palmerston and into the rural area “rescuing”
food from supermarkets and other businesses who donate a variety of food that is either
on it’s way out or not perfect enough to be sold to the general public, along with various
essential products (like toilet paper and sanitary items) before returning to the warehouse
where all these goods are sorted and prepared for distribution to over 100 local charities and
not for profit groups including the Food for Life Mobile Pantry and NT Schools Program.
The Baptist Care NT, Food for Life Mobile Pantry Bus is a tremendous concept bringing food
and other essential products directly to those who need it most. This outreach program is
essentially a food pantry on wheels, travelling across Darwin and Palmerston as far south as
Bachelor every week supplying goods to those who need it most.
In addition, the Food for Life Program operates two shops in both Darwin and Casuarina
Baptist Churches. As important as the food is for our community, so too is the fellowship
provided at these locations with tea and coffee, scones and cakes available to their clients.
Foodbank NT relies on the support and good will of the Northern Territory
Business Community to bolster capacity to deliver their service. From
partnering with Foodbank NT for fundraising events and promotions or donating
money like we are throughout March, or providing goods and services, Foodbank
NT’s relationships with the local business community continues to grow and
has led the way for their current partnerships that are evident on social media
and planned events scheduled for the coming year. With over 100 corporate
supporters, Foodbank NT can also rely on a steady stream of paid corporate
employees as volunteers who are available during work hours and on weekends.
This opens up even greater opportunity for Foodbank NT to engage with the
local community at events and festival throughout the year.
The Foodbank NT Schools program takes a multi-facet approach to a variety of needs faced by
Territory Schools. By providing a unique service to local, regional and remote schools, Foodbank
NT can cater to the specific needs of remote schools who are challenged by distance and isolation.
Foodbank NT now provide fresh food for schools to provide student with breakfast, morning tea
and lunch. The Schools Program also offers food for cooking classes, fundraising activities, school
camps and the option to organise food for catering various other school events and promotions. In
addition to this, personal care items such as toothbrushes and tooth paste are also available.
This program also offers class excursions to the Foodbank Warehouse for education sessions on the
importance of food re-use and how to minimise waste, student and class volunteer opportunities
along with bulk food products for students and schools to fundraise for Foodbank NT.