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DIOFOOD BAG

Due to Covid-19, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the House of Welcome (HoW) cannot receive physical food and toiletry donations, at the moment. However, many Refugee families are still relying on their foodbanks or the provision of food vouchers.

In this difficult time, please support JRS and HoW with a cash donation if you can.

Click here for your options to donate.

Please continue to sign up on the Diocesan Food Drive Roster for 2022. We hope to relaunch this service in the new year.

Many thanks and God bless!

Diocese Food Drive Roster

Do your bit as part of our community

Just like the loaves and fishes, we can make a difference, one parish at a time. Let’s go! The pandemic has affected our communities in many ways. Asylum seekers and refugees have been severely affected as many have no access to jobkeeper and jobseeker, have lost their jobs cannot pay their rent and are facing homelessness, struggling to feed their families and facing destitution.

The roster is flexible, logistic, promotional and transport support can be provided, works around your group’s schedule.

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Agencies such as Jesuit Refugee Service and House of Welcome need to provide food for 1300 people each week.

We can be part of this support network and make a difference to people struggling the most in our community: Take part in this joint initiative of the Social Justice Office, The Diocesan Journey Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection and the Deanery Pastoral Councils.

Watch this video made by parishioners from St Thomas Aquinas, Springwood

How Your Parish & School Can Help

Sign up to our diocese food drive roster so that JRS and House of Welcome can have a steady and reliable flow of food and hygiene products all year round! We can be part of ensuring families seeking destitution know they’re not alone.

SIGN UP TODAY!
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ITEMS NEEDED

General items
  • New winter blankets
  • Basmati Rice
  • Cooking Oil
  • Long life milk
  • Tinned tuna, red kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas and fruit
  • Biscuits and muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tea and Coffee 
Toiletries
  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male & female)
  • Soap

Sign up!

Sign up to the roster

Click on the button and choose the date(s) your group would like to complete. 

You will be asked to log in. If you are using DIOFOOD BAG for the first time, please either create an account by clicking on “New user” or sign in with your Google account details. If you have used this service before, please use the log in details you have created at your first visit or use your Google account details.

After signing in, you will be asked your  

• Parish name • Email • Phone number
• Whether you would need help transporting the food and hygiene items to House of Welcome or Jesuit Refugee Service
• If it’s your first time and you’d like to contact a parish to learn the tricks of the trade
• If you anticipate needing a trailer to collect the items from the food drive

This information will be added to a spreadsheet so we can contact you. You will receive an email of confirmation and a member of the team will contact you to thank you and answer any questions you have. We’re looking for drivers to help, too! If you’re able to volunteer your time as a driver, click here

Interested? Start the process.

For more information, or other ways you can help in this crisis, contact Marisa vanderHout marisa.vanderhout@parracatholic.org

Jesuit Refugee Service

JRS accompanies, serves and advocates for refugees and people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people in our own country. These people face destitution, limbo and homelessness as Government policy grows increasingly unwelcoming and punitive. We offer dignity and hope through emergency assistance, temporary shelter, a foodbank, professional casework, community activities, employment support, school engagement, legal advice, targeted advocacy, and a project to empower women seeking asylum.

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House of Welcome

The House of Welcome exists to welcome, shelter and empower people seeking asylum and refugees regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion. We provide client–centred holistic supports that nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance, whilst acknowledging the dignity and the rights of each individual.

House of Welcome

The House of Welcome exists to welcome, shelter and empower people seeking asylum and refugees regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion. We provide client–centred holistic supports that nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance, whilst acknowledging the dignity and the rights of each individual.

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Diocesan Journey Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection

Since August 2017 the Diocese of Parramatta, led by the Social Justice Office in conjunction with the Sydney Alliance, Jesuit Refugee Service, House of Welcome, NSW Vinnies and CatholicCare Social Services, has been undertaking an Diocesan Journey: Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection. The journey responds to Bishop Vincent’s invitation to Catholic communities to respond to their plight of people seeking protection with understanding and compassion.

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