Here, you can find various types of food assistance. Here on this page, they are categorised by our Halal food package and the rest of general food bank support. If you can visit the Accept International Office in Tokyo, you can receive the support from us. If it is difficult for you to visit our Office, then you will be introduced to a local food bank near you to help you receive the right support.
Halal Food Assistance by Accept International
First and foremost, we provide the Halal food package which help Muslim people feel assured to eat. Things you can receive may vary each time, and we try our best to provide Halal and nutritious food for all. Here is an example of what you can receive: pasta, tinned tomatoes, rice, noodles, beans and so on. You can find the details of how to get this support below.
To receive at distribution day
|When||Regularly held: The fourth Saturday of every month|
|Where||Accept International Office
Nihonbashi Yoshiizumi Building 301 (3rd floor), 1-chōme-11-5 Nihonbashihoridomechō, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0012
|Available for||Any foreigners living in Japan who are struggling to get food|
|How to receive||Please request through a contact form and specify your request as ‘halal food support’|
|What to receive||pasta, tinned tomatoes, rice, noodles, beans, vegetables, fruits etc
※Subject to availability
|Cost||Free of charge|
|Note||・If you have a food allergy, inform us about it in advance.
・In general, you cannot choose what to receive except if you have a food allergy.
・No parking lots available. Use public transportation as necessary.
・Bring a big bag to carry food home.
As previously mentioned, if you are unable to make a visit to our office to retrieve the food, you can ask your local food bank for help. If necessary, we can help you find a food bank near you and help you get their support smoothly.
There is an organisation called “Food bank” which collects non-standard products produced in the production process of food companies etc. and provides them for welfare facilities for free. Food banks also support people who need food aid, such as those who take care of children who cannot eat school lunch because of school closure, or needy people who lose their job due to the spread of COVID-19.
How to gain support from food banks depends on each of them. If you have any questions, such as how to look for a food bank near where you live, how to receive support, etc. feel free to contact us.
In order to obtain food aid from food banks, there are two ways: ①recieve direct support from food banks or organisations which cooperate with food banks without a letter of invitation ②recieve food through administrative liaisons, Council of Social Welfare, or NPO liaisons.
How to gain support from food banks depends on each of them, so please contact the food bank near where you live and check how to receive food.
※Since food provided by food banks is donations, you may not be able to request specific food.
List of food bank in Japan
- Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare「自立相談支援機関 相談窓口一覧」
For people living in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama
- Second Harvest.“食品を受け取りたい方へ”
※Even if you receive direct support from food bank or a support group, you need a letter of invitation issued by administrative liaisons, Council of Social Welfare, or NPO liaisons from the second time. If you need an invitation letter, please contact an organization below.
There are restaurants which serve meals for free or at the low price called “Kodomo Shokudo” managed by local volunteers. Originally, they provided meals for needy families or children who eat alone to make the society where children spend their time in peace without being hungry. Currently, all generations can use them freely. Please look for a Kodomo Shokudo near where you live from the site below.
Food assistance for COVID-19 infected patients
Contact the city public health center(Hokenjo) to obtain food assistance
※Delivery service from the government may take time to arrange or it may limit distribution targets, etc.
Ask someone you know to deliver
Residents of Tokyo
Home Medical Treatment Support Center (Uchisapo Tokyo)
If you have any questions, such as how to look for a food bank near where you live, how to receive support, etc. feel free to contact us.
※The number of consultations is increasing rapidly. Since we are staffed by several volunteers, it takes time to respond. Please refer to this website and information from the local government first, and then contact us if you have difficulty in obtaining support.