Cereal, pasta and noodles feature high on Foodbank’s most-wanted Christmas

Non-perishable items such as breakfast cereal, pasta, noodles, rice, tea and coffee top Foodbank’s most-wanted list this Christmas, as more than one in five Australians experience food poverty – that is, they’ve run out of food and are unable to buy more.

Christmas can be a tough time for many Australians, particularly those in our communities struggling to put a meal on the table, or trying to fill hungry bellies these school holidays. And with droughts and bushfires affecting communities across the country, the need for donations to Foodbank has never been greater.

“Foodbank Australia is working hard right across the country to ensure families and individuals can put a meal on the table – not only on Christmas day – but for as long as it takes to get them back on their feet,”

says Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey.

“This means sourcing and distributing massive volumes of food and groceries. It’s an absolute joy to see so many people holding food drives to ensure Foodbank can get more food and grocery items to vulnerable families this Christmas. However, we strongly encourage people to consult our ‘most wanted’ list before embarking on food drives to ensure they are focusing on the food and grocery items in the strongest demand.”

As well as breakfast cereal, pasta, noodles, rice, tea and coffee, Foodbank’s Christmas most-wanted list includes canned fruit, vegetables, pulses, long-life milk, baked beans, tinned spaghetti, personal hygiene products, spreads like Vegemite and honey. Christmas treats like Christmas cake or pudding, UHT custard or shortbread also make the world of difference during the holiday season.

“It’s times like this that we see Australians at their absolute best, supporting the most vulnerable in our communities through their generosity and kindness,” says Ms Casey.

Help give your fellow Australians
a Merry Christmas.

If you are able to help, please check our most wanted list below.
Every $1 will help provide 2 meals.

Foodbank’s ‘Most Wanted’ Items

  • Breakfast cereal such as Weet-Bix and Cornflakes
  • Pasta, noodles and rice
  • Tea and coffee
  • Long-life milk
  • Canned fruit, vegetables and tuna
  • Baked beans and spaghetti
  • Spreads like jam, peanut butter and Vegemite
  • Shelf stable meals, eg meals that can be stored at room
    temperature in a sealed container
  • Personal hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner,
    toothpaste and toilet paper

How you can help?

Donate food to ease some of the immense pressure on affected families this Christmas.


Donate funds, every $1 will help provide 2 meals.