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National community

At Coles, we proudly support many community and charity partners across Australia through financial contributions, fundraising, food donations and disaster relief. In the 2018 financial year, we provided over $67 million in direct support and an additional $9.3 million was contributed by customers, team members and suppliers.

Our dedicated team members are at the heart of the Coles community. Coles employs over 112,000 Australians across the country and we’re passionate about our people and proud to lend a helping hand to the many organisations that our team members are involved in.

Our community contribution is independently measured by the London Benchmark Group, which is internationally recognised and used around the world by more than 300 companies. For more information or to request an application for support, please contact us at


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Disaster relief

Coles has a long history of supporting the communities in which we operate by raising funds for disaster relief. Coles team members and customers support relief efforts by donating funds as well as essential supplies to communities in need.

In 2020, together with our customers and team members, we have donated over $2.2 million to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, in addition to our other efforts which you can read about here.

In 2019, Coles supported communities affected by natural disasters, such as floods and bushfires. In January and February, Coles raised a total of $322,893 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund from customer donations which were matched dollar for dollar.

Proudly supporting Curing Homesickness

Coles is proud to support the Curing Homesickness initiative through the sale of Coles Mum’s Sause Bolognese 500g.

Curing Homesickness is a new fundraising initiative designed and coordinated by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF). Curing Homesickness brings children’s hospitals from across Australia together to get sick kids home from hospital sooner or make their hospital stay easier.

From every jar of Mum’s Sause sold, Coles will donate 50 cents to a hospital in the State or Territory where it was purchased.

The funds raised will help with the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, groundbreaking research, support programs and enhance hospital wards and rooms.

Support Curing Homesickness, Shop Coles Mum’s Sause Bolognese online now.

For more information on the Curing Homesickness initiative, visit

Curing Homesickness Beneficiaries

  • NSW: Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation
  • ACT: Canberra Hospital Foundation
  • QLD: The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
  • SA + NT: Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • TAS: Royal Hobart Hospital
  • VIC: Monash Children’s Hospital
  • WA: Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

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Coles partners with national cancer charity Redkite to help children and young people with cancer and their families to cope with the emotional and financial stress of cancer. Since 2013, Coles has raised over $30 million for Redkite which has transformed what Redkite can do to support families across Australia when their child has cancer.

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Helping SecondBite feed those in need

At Coles, we are so proud of our enduring partnership with national food relief charity, SecondBite.

Thanks to our relationship with SecondBite, more than 782 Coles supermarkets across Australia donate surplus fresh food to around 1300 community food programs which provide meals to disadvantaged Australians.

Since the beginning of our partnership with Secondbite, our donations have equated to more than 100 million meals.

In addition to providing food donations, Coles also raises funds for SecondBite through the sale of $2 donation cards and shopping bags.

In FY19, team members and customers at Coles supermarkets and liquor stores raised over $2.8 million to help SecondBite provide nutritious food to people in need.

The SecondBite program is truly a part of the Coles culture, with team members and customers continuously working to help feed Australians doing it tough through in-store fundraising initiatives, donation boxes and volunteer efforts.

Join the fight against MND

Join the fight against MND

Coles and its Aussie pork farmers have together raised nearly $520,000 to fight motor neurone disease following a national campaign on pork sales.

Over nearly six weeks, Coles donated 10 cents from the sale of each pack of fresh pork at over 800 Coles supermarkets. In addition to Coles’ donation, Coles’ Aussie pork farmers donated to the FightMND foundation during the appeal.

The fundraising appeal at Coles coincided with FightMND’s Big Freeze at the MCG, which has been held on the Queens’ Birthday holiday each year since 2015, raising awareness and funds for MND medical research to find effective treatments and a cure for the disease.

Guide Dogs Australia

Since 1982, Coles has supported the Guide Dogs Australia Collection Dog Program. The iconic Collection Dogs raise money to support people who are blind or have low vision by providing them with the skills and confidence to move around their local communities safely and independently. Coles’ team members and customers have raised over $9 million since 1982 for Guide Dogs Australia. You will find Collection Dogs in Coles supermarkets throughout Australia.

You can also support Guide Dogs Australia by purchasing a special-marked community bag at Coles. These durable, multi-use bags have been designed by school children from across Australia. Ten cents from special-marked tote bags will be donated to Guide Dogs Australia.

With the number of Australians needing Guide Dog Australia’s services set to significantly increase by the year 2020, every act of kindness matters, big and small. Your loose change and donations support Guide Dogs Australia in offering services nationally and have helped to raise, train and breed over 170 Guide Dogs, so when you next shop at Coles, be sure to make a donation.

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Coles is delighted to partner with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF), a not-for-profit charity that aims to deliver pleasurable food education to children around Australia through professional development, educational resources, support and inspiration for educators.

The Kitchen Garden Foundation was established in 2004 and the program is currently being delivered in over 2,000 schools and early years centres around the country. The program teaches students to grow fresh, seasonal produce and use it to prepare nutritious, delicious food. Coles looks forward to working with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to support educators, expand the Kitchen Garden Program and help more Aussie children live healthier, happier lives.

Find out more or sign up to be a part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation at

Community Bags

As one of Australia’s largest retailers, Coles recognises its responsibility to the environment. That’s why we are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to the communities in which we operate.

In late 2017, Coles was pleased to partner with Clean Up Australia on environmental initiatives, such as Clean Up Australia Day and our Community Bags program, which encourages our customers to use reusable shopping bags.

The reusable bags which are designed by primary and secondary school students across Australia also help raise funds for community groups, with a portion of sales provided to Clean Up Australia, SecondBite, Little Athletics and Guide Dogs Australia.