Join the JRS Lenten Appeal!

Lent is a time for reflecting on the enormous sacrifice our Lord made on Good Friday. It’s also a time for making sacrifices of our own. One of the purest sacrifices you can make is showing compassion to those in need.

Fleeing a home that is no longer safe is one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. It’s one made that much harder when you are forced to live below the poverty line in a country you wish to make your home. Unfortunately it’s a reality facing many seeking asylum in Australia—people who often find it difficult to afford basic food, goods and groceries.

That’s where JRS come in. But we need your help. We would like to invite your parish to join JRS in our Lenten Foodbank program: “6 Weeks of Lent – Give 6 Things.”

Download the Lentern Appeal pack here: Lentern Appeal – 6 Weeks of Lent, Give 6 Things.

Our Foodbank provides much needed fresh food and groceries to over 320 individuals and families every month. Foodbank is not your usual food donation service. At JRS we don’t make hampers for our clients, but rather allow them to choose their own groceries. We stock our shelves and our fridge like a supermarket, meaning people are able to do their own ‘shopping’.

We have identified six staple items that are most frequently requested.  Each week parishioners are encouraged to bring in the one designated item to deposit in the back of the church and the items will be taken out to the Foodbank at Arrupe Community Centre. (If you have questions about delivery, please call (02)9098 9336). JRS has provided posters you can print and display so parishioners know what item to bring each week. We can arrange to pick the items up from your church or you can visit our community centre at the end of Lent, to see our Foodbank and meet our team.

Thanks for your generosity, just one item a week makes such a difference.  Your contribution is helping JRS accompany, serve, and advocate for these families.

Week 1

Diced Tomatoes

Week 2

Tuna in Oil

Week 3

Tinned Lentils

Week 4

Cooking Oil

Week 5

Basmati Rice

Week 6

Tinned chickpeas

Additionally, if your Parish would like to be added to our donation roster, or if you would like further information regarding our Lenten Appeal, please email Kim Smith:

Any questions?  Please call: (02)9098 9336


Thank you for your support.


The JRS Team.



Download the Lentern Appeal pack here: Lentern Appeal – 6 Weeks of Lent, Give 6 Things.

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