Emergency relief and affordable food services

Emergency relief and affordable food services

​Emergency relief in CBCity


We know that times can get tough for many families. Emergency relief is available to help people meet their basic needs, such as food, medicine or shelter.

Access the Canterbury-Bankstown Emergency Relief Directory here. Visit the Department of Social Services' Directory to find an emergency relief service provider near you here.

Other emergency relief organisations can provide immediate financial and/or material support to people in financial crisis. The type of assistance offered by each organisation varies. They may include one-off assistance such as:

  • Food, transport or chemist vouchers;
  • Part-payment of utility account/s;
  • Food parcels or clothing;
  • Budgeting assistance; and/or
  • Referrals to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis.

Additional resources that may be helpful

  • Ask Izzy: This is a free and anonymous way to find national and local support. It includes services such as housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice and much more.
  • COVID-19 Leave Disaster Payment: If you can't earn an income because you or someone you care for has COVID-19 or is a close contact and must self-isolate for 14 days, there is financial support available. Find out more about eligibility requirements and apply here.


The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.