COVID-19 - Food For Life Announcement

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and government advisory, Food for Life shops decided to suspend the operation for the meantime. However, Baptist Care NT is on the process of strategizing other options to continue our service to vulnerable people. We will keep updating this website to inform the public if there will be new arrangements and schedules for Food for Life shops to operate. Thank you very much and keep safe.

Food For Life

Food for Life is a program of Baptist Care NT that offers groceries to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Food for life partners with local churches in the Darwin region to provide space for the community mobile pantry and café. The space enables the clients to socialise and enjoy a complimentary morning tea.

Foodbank Food for Life provides clients with a full shopping bag of bread, milk, meat, cereals, pasta, fruit and vegetables, canned goods and toiletries. Clients accessing this service find it hard to afford some of these items in the supermarket. The pantry is located either inside the venue or within a bus, kindly donated by Baptist Care NSW.

Clients either donate $10 towards food or utilize Food for Life vouchers provided by partner welfare agencies such as Anglicare, Catholic Care, Vinnies, Somerville, Carers NT. These donations enable Food for Life to cover some of our costs.

From our beginnings in June 2012 until August 2017, Food for Life has:

  • Served 2145 individual clients
  • Provided 16,439 bags of groceries
  • Distributed 121,767 kilograms of groceries, equivalent to 162,356 meals to clients
  • Seniors and pensioners
  • People with disability and sickness
  • Individuals and families experiencing economic set-back
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Single Parents
  • People escaping from domestic violence
  • University Students

All people are welcome at Food for Life who have access to:

  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Card
  • Bridging Visa
  • Food for Life Voucher from a registered charity

Eligible clients may attend any one of the following Food for Life Centres at the times below.

  • Casuarina Baptist Church
    44 Dripstone Road, Casuarina, NT 0810
    Opens every Thursday 9am – 12noon
  • Darwin Baptist Church
    Cnr Stuart Highway & Ross Smith Avenue, Ludmilla, NT 0820
    Opens every Friday, 9am – 12 noon
  • St Francis Anglican Church
    25 Mardango Crescent, Batchelor, NT
    Opens alternate Friday, 10am – 12 noon
  • St Lukes Anglican church (starts mid January)
    Cnr Victoria Drive and Priest Circuit, Gray, Palmerston NT 0830
    Opens Wednesday mornings
  • Uniting Church in Humpty Doo (starts early November)
    21 Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo, NT 0836
    Opens Wednesday afternoons

There are a variety of volunteer positions within the Food for Life program. Please follow this link for information and registration.

We welcome donations of any amount to the Food for Life program – please choose ‘Food for Life’ to ensure your donation gets to the right program. Please press here to donate.

If you wish to become a member of the Food for Life 500 club, please choose ‘Food for Life 500 Club’ when providing your donation. Members provide $500 per year via Direct Debit, Credit Card or Cash. The 500 Club Patron is The Honourable Kezia Purick MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Each member will receive a regular newsletter, invitations to 500 Club functions and invitations to attend Food for Life venues to see their donation in action.

Corporates may assist through volunteering, donations or sponsorship. Opportunities for sponsorship are available in support of the bus, which provides an invaluable mobile pantry.

Thank you to our Donors!

Food For Life in Action!