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'Food Cupboards'

Free Fresh Food Program, courtesy donations from Rotary, Vinnies, Woolworths & Coles/Second Bite (latter delivered by Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre) 

Blackheath (BANC) – delivered on Wednesdays

* frozen home cooked vegetarian meals available anytime

* bread delivered on Monday and Wednesday (free)

* non-perishable food such as pasta, rice, cereal, tinned foods available anytime (free)

Winmalee (WNC)  available weekdays

* milk and other items are usually available to anyone who drops in (depending on fund raising money)

* Winmalee Community Food Cupboard - subsidised food     program Fridays 10.30-12.30pm. 10 items for $10, or 15 for $15 (this includes meat, frozen foods, pantry items, animal food etc.)

* food parcels – pre-packed for gluten free/vegetarian/tea +pantry items/coffee + pantry items

* Community Lunch every Monday – 2 course nutritious lunch, Springwood Baptist Church, gold coin donation - closed during COVID-19

* food vouchers - Coles/Woolworths

* vouchers for Kmart-clothing

* Community Garden at back of centre

* Christmas hampers

* also provide financial assistance with Telstra, water, electricity & gas bills

Thrive Family Services, Katoomba – delivered Mon/Wed/Fri

* Emergency Relief cards supplied by Wesley Mission

* food vouchers - Coles/Woolworths (WNC Outreach)

* bread, fruit and vegetables delivered Mon, Wed & Fri (available throughout week) provided by WNC’s Fresh Food program

* limited non-perishable emergency food & toiletries

* Christmas hampers

* utilities assistance – water, electricity, gas and Telstra

Gateway Family Services, Blaxland East

* Free food available, just drop-in – open Tues & Fri; &Thurs am

* Emergency Relief cards supplied by Wesley Mission

* food vouchers - Coles/Woolworths (WNC Outreach)

* IGA Pantry items (packaged & processed food; bread & veg; non-perishables; personal hygiene)

* EAPA vouchers for utility bills (call 02 4720 6500 for appointment)

* Christmas hampers

ACRC Koori Playgroup, Katoomba – delivered Mondays

Pinaroo & Rainbow Playgroups – delivered Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Belong BM – c/- Rotary, non-perishable items available (delivered monthly)

Lawson (MMNC):

* Vinnies have food vouchers available on Thursday 12:30- 3pm

Blaxland (LMNC)

* food vouchers - Coles/Woolworths supplied by WNC Outreach Emergency Relief (by appointment)

Ask Izzy

Springwood (SNCC) – delivered Thursdays

* also available Thursdays, bread from ‘Bakehouse on Wentworth’ and ‘Bakery Patisserie Schwarz’

* ‘food cupboard’ with non-perishables available every day emergency food relief available weekdays 

* emergency food parcels available - leave a message on 4751 3033 or email:

The Glue Factory (young people 12-25)

As at Dec 2022, program no longer operating

Junction 142 - A joint initiative of Earth Recovery & Uniting Church

A ‘hub’ for people who are homeless or in need, comprising:

* Rescue Food Parcels available 11 am to 1 pm Wed, Thurs and Fri

* Soul Food & Blue Mountains Food Rescue provides prepared meals and serves/distributes to people in need (Community Lunches,   Sunday 10:00-2:00 & Tuesday 10.30am-1pm; food parcels available from 1:30pm)

* shower & laundry facilities (& eventually accommodation)

* Village Markets (Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30am till late)

Phone: 0403 923 079
Address: 142 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Springwood Baptist Church:

* community lunches (gold coin donation)

* every Monday from 11am-1.30pm

Address: 88 Copps Hill Road, Springwood

Blue Mountains Food Services:

As at 20/7/2020, changes for the CoVID-19 period as follows: 

* all community restaurants closed

* all NDIS Cook + Connect group work and one-on-one programmes continuing but under notice as circumstances change

* Ben Roberts Cafe is open for dine in and take away food and drinks - Tuesday to Friday 8am - 2pm, and Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm.  Order:  0434 314 254

* Meals on Wheels is operating as normal with deliveries Tuesday to Friday across the mountains

* Blue Mountains Food Services office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 - 4:00

Phone: 4759 2811

CatholicCare Social Services

* Drop in centre, all free

* fresh food at drop-in centre, every Wednesday

* also dry goods & frozen meals (usually soup) anytime

* financial counselling on Fridays and can help with bills

* Vinnies provide food vouchers (& bill vouchers) every Thurs am

Address: Shop 3, 163 Macquarie Road, Springwood

Wentworth Falls Community Hub (Holy Trinity)

* 8:30-11:30am Fridays during school term

* mobile Community Pantry twice weekly 9:30-10:30am - for $10, fill a bag with $60-70 groceries

* drop-in café (barista coffee), op. shop, harvest workshops

Phone: 0421 600 395/0407 586 329
Address:17 Armstrong St, just off Falls Rd
Holy Trinity Community Hub website

Anglicare, Katoomba (St Hilda’s)

Info updated Dec 2022:

* assistance with food, rent, power; & other emergencies
Mon & Thurs 10 am to 1 pm

Phone: 8624 8600
Address: Anglicare Office,
68 Katoomba Street (rear of building)

Website: Food Assistance & Vouchers | Financial Assistance & Support | Anglicare

Salvation Army, Katoomba

As at 22 Jul 2020:

* Emergency Relief Assessment Team: 1300 371 288

- must book to pick up an assessment card:  0460 816 360

* Moneycare financial counselling

- Clare:  0428 469 942
- Kathy  0447 682 715
- Moneycare Financial Capability Case Worker:  Glenda 0435 965 015

* Salvation Army Welfare - 10am to 12.40pm Wed, Thurs Fri - must book an appointment:  0460 816 360

* Food hampers - 12pm to 3pm Mon, Wed and Fri.  No need to book

* More substancial food hamper, referral, etc, enquiries: 4782 9251

* Hamper Hotline Upper Blue Mountains Salvos:  0472 656 472

* Breakfast Club - 7.30-8.30am, Mon-Fri - for the homeless, socially isolated & those in need - closed during COVID-19

* Red Shield Family Store - closed during COVID-19
Mon-Fri, 9:00-4:00
Phone: 4782 6683
Address: 37 Waratah Street Katoomba 
Salvation Army Blue Mountains website 

Church of New Life, Katoomba 

Community Solutions:
Wednesdays 12:30-1:00pm
Address: Bureau Park, Barton Street, North Katoomba

St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) Op Shops 

* Katoomba
Address; 65-67 Waratah Street, Katoomba
Phone: 4782 2041
Open Mon-Thurs: 9:00-4:30, Fri 9:00-4:00, Sat 10:00-3:00

* Springwood
Address: 272 Macquarie Road, Springwood
Phone: 4751 2271
Open Mon-Thurs: 9:00-4:20, Fri 9:00-4:00; Sat 9:00-4:00

* Blaxland
Address: 132A Great Western Hwy, Blaxland
Phone: 4739 6990

School Breakfast Programs:

* Lawson Public School, via Central BM Rotary - Fridays

* Fusion Blue Mountains conducts Breakfast Clubs at:

. Springwood High School – Tuesday

. Winmalee High School - Wednesday

. Blaxland High School - Thursday


Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in Primary Schools & Early Childhood Education services:

* Blackheath Public School

* Hazelbrook Public School

* North Katoomba Public School

* Lawson Public School

* Leura Public School

* Lizzards Pre-school


Community Gardens

Blackheath Community Farm
10am every Sunday  
Address: 60 Thirroul Ave, Blackheath
NOT OPEN to public during COVID-19 lockdown period, however food growing tips and recipes for local produce will be shared on website and facebook page.

Blue Mountains Organic Community Garden, Katoomba
Phone:  0410 262 930
Address: Harold Hodgson Park, 12 Victoria Street Katoomba

Mid-Mountains Community Garden
Volunteer session every Sat, 9:00-12:00
Address: ‘Kihilla Retreat and Conference Centre’ Queens Road, Lawson

Springwood Community Garden
Working bees every Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 9.30am, with produce shared.
Address: St Thomas Aquinas/St Columba’s High School, 168 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood


Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Blue Mountains Meetup

BM Edible Garden Trail - every March
The Edible Garden Trail is a celebration of the myriad ways BM residents are creating food security, saving money and the environment, while enjoying health benefits of home-grown fruit & veg.

Slow Food BM
Slow Food builds networks between grower & eater, agriculture & market, community  & world; and champions good, clean, fair & local food in ways that enhance knowledge, respect &passion.
Phone: 4782 7376

Growers’/Fresh Food Markets 

Springwood Growers’ Market – 4th Sunday of the month
Address: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub
106 Macquarie Road, Springwood

Blackheath Growers’ Market – 2nd Sunday of the month
Address: Blackheath Community Hall, GWH, Blackheath

Magpie Markets – 3rd Sunday of the month
Address: Lawson Public School

Glenbrook Rotary Markets – 1st & 3rd Saturday of month
Address: Old Glenbrook Infants’ School, Ross Street, Glenbrook

Crop Swap BM
Crop Swap at Springwood Community Garden, every third Saturday of the month from 9.15 for a 9.30 start.

Fresh Organic Produce Delivered

Hartley Harvest - www.hartleyharvest.com.au/ 

Nourishing Mountains - https://nourishing-mountains-inc.myshopify.com/

Bulk Food Outlets 

Blue Mountains Food Co-op, Katoomba
Phone: 4782 5890     
Address: Ha’penny Lane, Katoomba

Lyttleton Stores Co-op, Lawson
Phone: 4759 3478   
Address: 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson

The source bulk foods store, Katoomba
Shop 13, Town Centre Arcade, 
81-83 Katoomba Street

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Postal Address: PO Box 512 Lawson NSW 2783    Phone: 02 4759 3599    E-mail: manager@mcrn.org.au