Food Support – Community Pantry

Don't have food? Can't afford food? Need to stretch your dollars further? Our community pantry can help.

Help with Food and Personal Care

Our community pantry can provide you with free and heavily discounted basic food, household and personal care items if you’re struggling or experiencing hardship. We are located in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin, and help individuals and families in the Canberra community.

We stock our pantries through weekly food collections from local grocery stores, donations from individuals, groups and valuable charity partners, and purchases of food pallets from Foodbank ACT/NSW. Besides food, we also provide personal care items such as cleaning products and hygiene items and toiletries.


As a client, you can shop for food and other essential items, with assistance vouchers, in a safe, friendly, and dignified environment.


Our community pantries are reliable and predictable. While you might not know exactly what is on offer, because food is donated, you can be assured that there will be something to eat, cook or use at home. There is never any judgement or questioning, just friendly faces!

Accessing Our Pantry

People can use our community pantry in a range of ways:

  • you can spend a small amount to buy food and access free items
  • you can make a crisis support appointment with us and receive a food voucher to use in the pantry for free
  • you can use a FoodBank card given to you by another community organisation to access food in our pantry

We help people with a range of different circumstances, for example:

  • have a fixed income and struggle to get by on an ongoing basis
  • want to use us for short periods of time when you get stuck, eg. a heating bill comes in
  • are affected by COVID-19 and have never asked for assistance before
  • are in need of help and unsure of what to do

Communities@Work food pantry

Food Pantry Operations and Contact Information

Our Pantries are re-opening after a period of suspension due to COVID-19. Our Gungahlin Community Pantry will open from Monday 23rd November, and our Tuggeranong Community Pantry will open from Tuesday 1st December.  

Pantry Opening Hours:

Monday: 12:30 PM to 3 PM

Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, 12:30 to 3 PM

Please note: Alongside our pantry operations, we are providing free food hampers, packaged by the Canberra Relief Network team, to support the community during COVID-19. Find out more on our Crisis Support page.

Make an Appointment:

Call us on 02 6293 6500 or submit an enquiry through the Get in Touch form here. You can also walk into our office in Tuggeranong or Gungahlin to seek help.

We welcome the opportunity to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as people from diverse backgrounds

If you’re looking to support us and want to donate food, hygiene items or other essentials, please visit our Make a Donation page here.

Watch Ruth Zanker, Director of Communities@Work Social Programs, discuss how to access food and crisis support in Canberra in the video.

You can also check out the entire Helping through Hardship series here – for information and resources relevant to anyone who may be struggling.

Get in Touch

Our Locations

Communities@Work Gungahlin

Gungahlin Community Centre, 47 Ernest Cavanagh Street, GUNGAHLIN ACT, 2912

Communities@Work Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw Street, GREENWAY ACT, 2900

Communities@Work Gungahlin

Gungahlin Community Centre, 47 Ernest Cavanagh Street, GUNGAHLIN ACT, 2912

Communities@Work Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw Street, GREENWAY ACT, 2900

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