Food for the Homeless Sydney, Australia

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HOW can you help?

WHAT can you do?

  • Prepare food to be given to the homesless
  • Help to distribute the food
  • Visit local food banks to gather more food or donations
  • Talk to the homeless people at the project, listen to their stories, encourage and help to inspire them

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  MIN AGE: 16+




Homeless people in Sydney? Yes, there are hundreds of homeless people in Sydney and the number seems to increase every year. These people living below the poverty line have various health problems and disabilities. They need short-term support to get back on their feet. Mostly they are Australians, Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others.

In this program, you will actively engage in the local community development by working with our local team and various food banks in Sydney. You will assist us to provide food for over 100 homeless people while encouraging them and bringing hope to their lives.

During the week you will visit food banks in the area to negotiate and get excess food items and donations. With the collected food items, you will prepare food for the homeless people. Once the food is prepared you will have the opportunity to distribute the food to the people in need. You will also get to talk to them, encourage them and inspire them to achieve something more in life.

Our project aims at providing, haircuts, shower facilities as well as part-time job opportunities for a few of them in the future.


Sydney is Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most livable and beautiful cities. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney also has some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches like Coogee and Bondi Beach, beautiful coastline scenery and easy access to the Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest national park. Beyond the beautiful coastline Sydney’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of Australia’s most iconic structures.

Project Tasks

  • Provide food for the homeless people in Sydney who are unable to earn a living
  • Encourage and support them till they can stand on their feet.
  • Visit food banks and prepare the food to be given out 

Food & Accommodation

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, 25 km from the Sydney central business district (25 to 30 minutes drive). You will be staying in the residential area where you can easily reach all the services and facilities such as supermarkets, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. 

The Centre is a comfortable dorm-style accommodation, with up to 4 people in each room. The centre has a well equipped kitchen which you can use to store your food and make your own meals. There is also cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow volunteers, watch movies and spend time. There is wifi in public areas, lockable rooms, ben linen, water, tea, coffee and laundry facilites (for an extra cost).

Meals are prepared by the volunteers. You will be provided with enough staple food ingredients. Prepare different menus of breakfast, lunch and dinner by yourself and share with the other participants. The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and  6 pm to 8 pm for dinner.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish to stay at the center during the weekends. Furthermore, you are welcome to use the refrigerator to store your personal food and beverages.



This program is best suited for you if you have the ability to feel a genuine need to support these people with kindness.

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  • Support of in-country practitioner supervisor / coordinator
  • Support of a team (normally 4 to 8 volunteers per intake)
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • 1 day induction & cultural orientation
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Guest House (Single gender shared rooms)
  • 3 quality meals per day (We cater to healthy diets!)
  • Project equipment and materials (eg. safety lancets, gloves, blood testing kits, pamphlets)
  • 24/7 in-country support & emergency assistance
  • Training & guidance from qualified local staff
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.


  • Welcome, introduction to Australia, House rules, Code of Conduct and handling of documents
  • Introduction to the project
  • Visit the project

Airport pick-up is generally included in the volunteering cost unless specified. This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking.


On Monday morning, you will receive an orientation session on the project and your tasks and activities throughout the week. After lunch, you will start preparing food for the homeless at our center. In the evening, you will leave the center with the dinner you have prepared and packed for yourselves. At our project site in Sydney, you will serve the food to the homeless people. After serving the food you will return to the center.


On Tuesday, you will visit Walkabout Wildlife Park in the morning, where you will have time to explore the unique flora and fauna of Australia. After the visit, you will come back to the center for lunch. After lunch, you will start preparing and packing food for the evening food distribution for the homeless. Then you will leave for the project site and serve the food.


Today is for you to join a local group who cooks and serves food for the homeless. You will work with the local team in the food camp in preparing the food, packing and serving alongside the local participants.


In the morning on Thursday, you will prepare the food and pack them. In the evening, you will distribute them to homeless people. You will have time to interact with them and share experiences with each other.


On Friday you will visit food banks to get ingredients and food packing materials for the next week. After lunch, you will have free time to explore the city on your own.

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include heritage sites, beaches, city centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows,

  • Town Hall
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • The Strand Arcade
  • Hyde Park
  • Anzac War Memorial
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Australia Museum
  • Library of NSW
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Old Hospital
  • Ferry to Darling Harbour
  • The Mint
  • The Rock
  • Bondi Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Manly Beach

There is plenty to get up to elsewhere in Australia. From a trip into the Outback, admiring Uluru, wandering around the big cities, going on a river crocodile cruise in Darwin, surfing, diving, snorkelling, trekking through the rainforest, relaxing on a beautiful beach, swimming with whale sharks on the west side, sipping on delicious coffee, hugging a koala, the list goes on!

Participants below 18 should have parental consent and participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program.

Volunteering in Australia can be the most cost effective way for gap year students and backpackers from all over the globe to experience this great country. From pristine surf beaches to hinterland mountains and outback deserts, IVI has options available to suit various needs and budgets.

Australia is a vast country, with a variety of different scenery. The Western side is much more quiet, with beautiful beaches, snorkelling and National Parks. The East side is popular with backpackers doing the trip from Melbourne to Cairns (or vice versa). And in the middle, you have the Outback, where you will find Uluru, formally known as Ayres Rock. Wherever you choose to explore in Australia, you are guaranteed to find adventure!

Australia is generally warm year rounnd in most places. Up North in Darwin you will find it’s always hot and humid and in the mountains in the South it will snow in winter, so always check the climate for whichever region you will be visiting.

Summer is from December to March and will be hot in most places. Winter is from June to August and can be warm or cool, depending which area you are in. Spring and Autumn can be the best months to travel due to the temperate climate. 

Australians are very friendly people and love being outdoors, active and enjoying the year round sunshine. It’s a very diverse country with many different cultures and backgrounds, such as Asian, British, Irish, Greek, African and of course the Indigenous groups. Australia holds some of the worlds first people.

Australians love a good drink and catch up with friends, as well as enjoying watching or playing sport! The outdoor lifestyle is evident here, with locals enjoying the beach, outdoor bars or the open parks and bushland. 

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