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Host a food or gift drive

2020 has been a difficult year for communities across Australia. And as Christmas approaches – it is becoming increasingly clear that many Australians are going to struggle to have even a modest celebration.

We all know Christmas is a time for joy. But for those doing it tough – it is often challenging, heartbreaking and isolating. Every Christmas, The Salvation Army provides around 160,000 meals and over 64,000 hampers and vouchers to individuals and families in need. As COVID-19 continues to impact individuals, families and communities across the country, your support now is more important than ever. By donating food or gifts, you can help us make sure we leave no one in need this festive season.

How to host a food or gift drive

Organising a food or gift drive is a simple and effective way to share the festive spirit with someone doing it tough. Follow the simple steps listed below and start spreading some cheer.

  1. Register your drive using the form below
  2. Read our giving guidelines to find out how, when and what you can donate
  3. Download our free posters and resources to plan and promote your drive
  4. Find your nearest drop off location or organise a pick up

1. Register your food and gift drive

Your details

Organisation details

Please complete this section if you are acting on behalf of an organisation or community group.

Your activity/event

* Required field

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2. Read Our Giving guidelines


Thank you for hosting a food or gift drive and helping us leave no one in need this Christmas.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Australian states have health and social distancing rules in place to minimise the spread of the virus. Please check your state’s restrictions when organising your food or gift drive or donating items.

Please ensure all items are donated in November or by early December. This will help us plan, prepare and deliver all food and gift hampers in time for Christmas.



Some useful tips for gift donations:

  • Please consider giving gifts for a range of age groups, including teenagers and parents
  • Consider donating gift vouchers – A gift voucher means a parent or guardian can still share in the unique joy of buying a gift for their child or family member (vouchers are also ideal for teenagers)
  • Please leave gifts unwrapped so parents or guardians can choose which gifts suit their child’s interest and personality (feel free to include wrapping paper or gift bags)
  • Your donated gift may be the only present someone receives this Christmas, so please donate new items only



Some useful tips for food donations:

  • Where appropriate, please ensure items have long expiry dates and are non-perishable
  • Please make sure all items being donated are new/unused/unopened
  • Consider donating a supermarket gift voucher, as they allow the recipient the flexibility to purchase their choice of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat
  • Since these will be received as gifts, consider adding brand name products and some special items to help the recipient celebrate on Christmas Day 
  • Try packing the food into a washing basket or shopping bag that can be reused by the recipient (it’s sustainable too!)
  • Consider providing food that will suit families with young children, people with allergies, the elderly or new Australians


Gift Vouchers

We can only accept physical gift vouchers (no printed or electronic gift vouchers please). Popular gift vouchers include:

  • Supermarkets, e.g. Woolworths or Coles 
  • Department stores, e.g. Kmart, Big W, Target, Myer or David Jones 
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • JB Hi-fi
  • Rebel
  • Event Cinemas or Hoyts
  • Dymocks


3. Promote your food and gift drive

Once you are all set and ready to launch, make sure your family, friends and local community know that you are hosting a food and gift drive. You can use the multiple resources provided to promote your event.

Gift Tag

Add some gift tags to your presents to let us know who your gift is for! (Please do not gift wrap)

Download Gift Tags


Food Drive

Promote your food drive with these posters and food suggestions.

Download A3 poster

Download A4 poster

Download Food Drive guidelines


Gift Drive

Promote your gift drive with these posters and gift suggestions!

Download A3 poster
Download A4 poster
Download Gift Drive Guidelines

Social Media resources

You can use these social media resources to promote your own food and gift drive to your friends and networks.

Download Social Media pack


4. Find a drop-off location

Once you have finished your drive, find a drop-off point to donate your goods. Please call your local Salvos to arrange a suitable time to drop off donated items, as our locations may not be open every day or during regular business hours.  

Please check your particular area/state's COVID-19 restrictions when dropping off or donating items.

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Elders and acknowledge their continuing relationship to this land and the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and protecting them from harm.

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Gifts of $2 or more to the social work of The Salvation Army in Australia are tax deductible.Details and ABNs

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