Find healthy and affordable food in and around the City of Melbourne by browsing our newly-updated Community Food Guide.
From markets that sell fresh produce like Queen Victoria Market and Flemington Farmers’ Market to agencies that provide meals for people in need, many organisations have adjusted their operations due to COVID-19.
We have updated our comprehensive Community Food Guide to reflect the current landscape. Here are some of the groups supporting people in need with wholesome food at this time, and year round.
As COVID-19 restrictions continue, organisations are working hard to ensure community safety. We must all do our part, especially when we are out and about. Please practice good hygiene and physical distancing at all times, following current government guidelines.
1. Salvation Army
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne (ground floor)
The Salvo’s offer free meals, and this service is available to everyone. The Bourke Street location is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 10.30am for breakfast, and from 11.30am to 1pm for lunch. Dinner is also available from 5pm to 7pm from Monday to Sunday each week. The Salvation Army’s marketplace, located on level 1, offers a free food pantry service on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm, open to people experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. To access the food pantry, a current health care card is required.
2. St Vincent De Paul Soup Van Program
The Vinnies soup van program offers free meals and this service is open to everyone from Monday to Saturday each week. The vans operate across a number of locations, including 201-241 Macaulay Road North Melbourne from 7pm, All Saints Parish Church Fitzroy from 7.30pm, and 297 Flinders Street Melbourne CBD from 8pm. The North Melbourne location also provides a free pantry, which is open to everyone on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm.
We have seen a significant increase of people in need requiring access to fresh food and meals due to COVID-19, and therefore an increase in food relief services. If you are not in need of food relief, but would like to help people that are, many of these agencies accept donations. We encourage you to connect with your local food relief organisation to see what support they need.
3. From Us 2 You
2A Spencer Street, Melbourne
This central-city service provides free meals and food parcels. It is open to everyone from Tuesday to Thursday 1.30pm to 3pm and Sundays from 9.30pm to 11am.
4. Anglicare The Lazarus Centre
St Peters Eastern Hill Church, 453 Albert Street East Melbourne
The Lazarus Centre provides free takeaway meals Monday to Sunday from 7.30am to 9am. This service is free and open to people experiencing homelessness.
5. McCracken St Food Share Pantry
Kensington Neighbourhood House, 89 McCracken Street
The free pantry is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for non-perishable foods, pending staff availabilities. A monthly food market is held on the first Tuesday of each month with fresh produce donated from Kensington Stockyard Food Garden. Call 03 9376 6366 or search Facebook for McCracken St Food Share Pantry for up-to-date information.
6. The Humble Mission
5 Norval Place, Melbourne
The mission provides free meals and a food pantry on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 3pm. The service is free and open to everyone, with non-perishable food parcels available for pick up on a case-by-case basis.
To find more food services and organisations in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, visit Community Food Guide.