Christmas Appeal
Festive Food donations

How can I help?

The demand for our community services has increased dramatically and we need your help to ensure South Australians in need have a meal on Christmas Day. You can make Christmas possible this year by donating online or viewing a list of suggested food products and items below.

Keep scrolling down for details about how to donate festive food and items.


will provide a seat at our table for lunch on Christmas day for someone who may otherwise go without


will provide a personal care pack of essential items for someone experiencing homelessness


will feed a family of five this Christmas Day


will provide lunch, presents for children and care packs for a family of five this Christmas Day

What festive food and items can I donate?

  • Christmas bon-bons
  • Christmas serviettes
  • Packs of bottled water (600ml)
  • Fruit juice boxes for children (250ml)
  • Shortbread (200g packets)
  • Small Christmas puddings (microwavable)
  • Christmas fruit mince pies
  • Cadbury Sharepack Marshmallow Santa
  • Cadbury Sharepack Magical Elves
  • Smyths Christmas Lollies Mixture
  • Roses or Favourites boxed chocolates
  • Cadbury Dream White Christmas Family Block
  • UHT custard (1 litre)
  • UHT milk (1 litre)
  • UHT whipping cream
  • UHT small flavoured milks
  • Cranberry jelly/sauce
  • Self-saucing puddings (microwaveable)
  • Picnic size salt and pepper
  • Squeezy mayonnaise
  • Tomato sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Coleslaw dressing
  • Salad dressing
  • Potato or corn chips (large packets)
  • Popcorn
  • Cheezels, Twisties, Toobs
  • Lollies (packets)
  • Spreads (eg. Vegemite and honey)
  • Cake, cupcake, biscuit and scone mixes
  • Plain crackers, rice and wheat
  • Mixed nuts and trail mixes
  • Assorted/variety packs of chips
  • Popcorn packs
  • Kelloggs variety fun assorted breakfast cereals
  • Tea, coffee & herbal teas
  • Muesli bars
  • Mixed dried fruit
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey
  • Canned soups
  • Canned baked beans & spaghetti
  • Canned vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, corn, peas, potatoes
  • Heinz Big & Chunky meals in a can range
  • Tom Piper Braised Steak & Onion in a can
  • Plumrose Cocktail Frankfurts in a can
  • Fray Bentos Steak & Gravy or Steak & Kidney pie in a can range
  • Shelf-stable meals (food that can be stored at room temperature in a sealed container)
  • Continental Deb potato mash
  • Dry pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles
  • Cup-a-noodles
  • Ready made pasta sauces in jars
  • Vacuum sealed dry cured salamis and pepperoni
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Where can I donate festive food and items?

You can purchase any of the suggested festive food products or items and drop them off to our Emergency Relief Centre at 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Donations are being accepted from now right up until Friday 23 December.

Your workplace or group can also become a Christmas Community Collector and host a collection point on our behalf.

Find out more about our Christmas Community Collector program here.

Here are just three stories of the 12,500 people we support each year.

Donate today and help us bring joy to South Australian individuals and families in need.

A young couple, both aged 19, were forced to flee their family homes with no belongings and ended up sleeping rough for months.

They are about to move into their own home together and your donation will help them purchase a toaster, kettle and new set of bed sheets.

A 51-year-old single person with no support network of family or friends is about to move into one of our affordable housing units and restart their life.

Following a long history of domestic violence and with no personal belongings since escaping over a year ago, your donation will help with essential items such as furniture, a microwave and comfy quilt.

A mum of two has found herself unemployed after escaping domestic violence and is starting the long process of rebuilding her life. She desperately wants to give her children the happy Christmas they dream of.

Your donation can help ensure each of her children receive a gift and stocking fillers, as well as a grocery voucher to help feed the family on Christmas Day.

Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.

UnitingSA relies on the generosity of donors to help deliver innovative programs and support for people in need across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

"Because we feel secure with UnitingSA Housing, I don’t have anxiety about where I live anymore."

Shona and Derek,
UnitingSA Housing tenants

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