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Wesley Homeless Food Challenge

Important notice

Regretfully, due to COVID we have had to temporarily suspend our group and corporate volunteering at our sites including gardening.

However we do have other volunteering activities to help us raise much-needed funds for people experiencing homelessness this Christmas. Please contact us at to find out more.

For people who are homeless or at threat of becoming homeless, stretching $10 to provide three days’ worth of meals is a reality. 

wesley homeless food challenge group volunteeringIn the heart of the Sydney CBD, school and corporate groups are taking up the challenge: can you shop for three days’ worth of food with less money than you spend on a gourmet sandwich?

Hosted by experienced presenters, the Wesley Homeless Food Challenge is based around fast-paced simulation exercises and thought-provoking discussions that promote teamwork and empathy. The results? Strengthened teams, empathy for people who are homeless or at threat of becoming homeless and a stocked pantry for Wesley Connect.

“Most people feel sorry for the homeless people they walk past on the street, but feel powerless to help. This is a really tangible way for people to make a difference in a short time,” said Claire, Lead Facilitator of Wesley Mission’s Corporate Challenges.

“It’s a fantastic team building activity, which is educational, fun and makes people feel good about what they’ve achieved.

“The biggest shift I see in participants is their increased empathy for our homeless clients and an understanding that it’s something that can happen to any one of us.”

The Wesley Connect food and care program seeks to serve those in our city who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. From the Wesley Centre, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, staff and volunteers connect with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“Without the Wesley Homeless Food Challenge, we simply wouldn’t have the food available at Wesley Connect to give out to the 50 individuals/families we support each week,” said Claire.

More details

Group size: 10 – 150

Time commitment: Half day 10 am - 1 pm or 2 - 5 pm

Community impact: You'll be learning about the current state of homelessness, getting to know you colleagues and having fun! All food bought will be donated to Wesley Connect.

What’s required: If you’re looking to learn more about homelessness we’ll need your attention otherwise just your willingness to accept a challenge. Our corporate volunteers also cover associated facilitation and food costs.

Wesley Homeless Food Challenge flyer

Ready for the challenge?

To book your Wesley Homeless Food Challenge event or to speak to someone about volunteering all 9263 5551 or email for bookings and enquiries.

Do something now

Food donations are needed year round. Non-perishable food can be dropped off at 220 Pitt St. Sydney, 2000, during opening hours. Contact Wesley Connect for more information.

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