Abstract: In July 2009, Baptist Care Northern Territory (BCNT) was formed to investigate the potential development of services that would help to address the needs of the Darwin community. This needs assessment revealed an increased demand for emergency food relief and the need for a ‘food bank’ (Fisher 2009). In November 2009, BCNT opened ‘Food for Life’ Food Bank NT (FBNT) working in partnership with the food industry to manage and distribute surplus food stock to the welfare sector. The rescued food is incorporated into food assistance programs targeting individuals experiencing or at risk of food insecurity. This paper describes the results of an investigation into the provision of food assistance programs in the NT. This project has led to the development of future recommendations for food banks and organisations providing food assistance and the NT Government.