Food banks, community kitchens and free holiday activities in western Sydney this festive season

With the current strain on wallets and financial stresses of this time of year, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has compiled this list of resources for any western Sydney residents who are having a tough time this Christmas.

From free meals to community events, here are a few ideas to help ease the pressure so you can focus instead on enjoying time with friends and family.

Food banks and community meals services

Cumberland City Council has a list of community pantry events held weekly. This includes:

  • Wentworthville Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon, every Monday.
  • Auburn Centre for Community from 10am to 12 noon, every Tuesday.

Click here for more information.

Parramatta Council has these resources available for emergency relief (such as food vouchers, furniture and bill-paying assistance). For elderly residents, food services information can be accessed here.

A full list of charitable food services in the Blacktown area can be viewed in the below document.

School holiday activities

From craft sessions to board game battles, Blacktown City Library has a range of free activities for all ages. Click here to view the timetable.

For the adults, Merrylands and Cumberland libraries offer book clubs for a free social event. Find out more information here. Kids can also participate in free Lego building activites.

Cumberland City Council has a range of school holiday fun in this schedule, ranging from sport to reading challenges.

The Hills Library network is running drawing workshops and storytime sessions – see the schedule here.