Food aid

Colis du Cœur Foundation

Distribution of free food and essential hygiene items. Available to anyone who holds a certificate issued by an approved social service provider.

Eligibility requirements :
You must live in the Canton of Geneva
Your income must be below the subsistence level or you must be in acute hardship

Practical information

Parcels are distributed at several locations within the canton. Further information is available on the website of Colis du cœur.

022 300 27 59 (Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Caritas grocery shops

Caritas grocery shops enable people with small budgets to buy essential food items (fruit and vegetables, sugar, flour, oil, pasta, orange juice, etc.) and hygiene and day-to-day care products (cleaning, laundry, personal care products, etc.) at reduced prices.

Eligibility requirements :
Any person, with or without children, who has a personal accreditation card issued and certified by a public or private social welfare service. This card certifies that the holder is on a low income. It must be shown by the user every time they visit.


The La FARCE association is a free grocery shop in the Canton of Geneva for HES-GE and UNIGE students in financial difficulty. It offers them free allocations of groceries and doesn’t ask to see any proof of their financial situation.

Eligibility requirements :
Students, members of the association.

The only requirement is an annual membership fee of CHF 20. Once they have joined, students can start coming from the following week to pick up food.

Practical information :

98, rue de Carouge
1205 Carouge

Food is distributed on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm and on Thursdays from 1 pm to 6 pm.

To find out more, see : La FARCE website

Lancy Social Grocery Shop

Distribution of food and non-food items for people in financial difficulty.

Eligibility requirements :
People who live in Lancy, subject to certain conditions.

Practical information :

1, Chemin de l’Adret
1212 Grand-Lancy

Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. The grocery shop is closed during school holidays.

To find out more, see : Lancy website

Onex Social Grocery Shop – Les Cornets alimentaires

Food parcels are for households in financial difficulty.
They include :
  • A variety of fruit, vegetables and fresh foods
  • Canned and dried foods
  • Toiletries and cleaning products

Eligibility requirements :
Assistance is given on a one-off basis only after your financial situation has been assessed by the social work team. There is a token charge of CHF 1.

Practical information :

La Petite maison
9 chemain du Nant-de-Cuard
1213 Onex

Wednesdays from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

To find out more, see : Les Cornets alimentaires website

Trois-Chêne Grocery Shop – Epi-sol

The Epi-sol grocery shop distributes food and non-food items to people in difficulty who live in the municipalities of Trois-Chêne.
It distributes food and non-food items to people in difficulty who live in the municipalities of Trois-Chêne.

Eligibility requirements :
People living in the municipalities of Trois-Chêne, subject to certain conditions.

Practical information :

Centre paroissial protestant
77, rue de Genève
1225 Chênes-Bourg

Mondays from 3 pm to 6 pm. Closed during school holidays.

Telephone : 079 721 22 98

To find out more, see : Epi-sol website