Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food

 
Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food
Community
     Food Guide

Supporting people in the City of Melbourne
   to access, grow and use healthy food
Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food
Community
Food Guide
Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food
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Introduction
Many people within the City of Melbourne face daily challenges
in accessing enough nutritious food for a healthy life. Most
of us are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to meet our
nutritional needs and an increasing number of people are
living in densely populated areas where there is less space
to grow food.
This guide has been created to provide helpful information
about food access programs, services and resources within the
City of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs across the following
categories:
1.   Food banks, parcels and vouchers
2. Community meals, including free and cheap meals
3. Food education, including classes and community kitchens
4. Community gardens
5. Fresh food and groceries, including markets, co-ops,
   food delivery and shopping support
6. Food rescue
The guide has been divided into these six sections to help you
easily find the information you need, and there’s also a map on
page six so you can see at a glance what’s available near you.
You can also access this guide via the City of Melbourne website
at melbourne.vic.gov.au/communityfoodguide
Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food
Updates to the guide
If you’d like to suggest an inclusion or update to a program
or service listed in this guide, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/
communityfoodguide and use the online form. We will
update the guide as often as we are able to with the information
you provide.

Disclaimer
The information contained in the Community Food Guide was
correct at the time of publication (August 2017) but bear in
mind some information will have changed at the time of reading
and it’s important that you confirm the information in this guide
with the agencies directly.
Programs and services listed in this guide are not endorsed
or affiliated by the City of Melbourne (with the exception of
council-run or contracted services) and are subject to change
at any time.

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Community food programs
in the City of Melbourne
This map shows the distribution of
community food programs in the
municipality.*

Food banks, parcels
and vouchers
p7–11

Community meals
p12–25

Food education
p26–32

Community gardens
p33–37

Fresh food and groceries
p38–46

Food rescue
p47–49

*This map shows the distribution of
community food programs accessible
to City of Melbourne residents in
Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Community Food Guide Supporting people in the City of Melbourne to access, grow and use healthy food
Food banks,
parcels and
vouchers
Do you know someone
who would benefit from
access to affordable or
even free groceries?
These programs provide
food parcels or groceries
and food vouchers or gift
cards, such as for a local
supermarket, to people
in need*. Most of the
services listed also offer
information, support and
financial or material aid to
meet an immediate need.

*There may be restrictions or exclusions, such
 as cigarettes or alcohol. Also note that level of
 assistance is dependent on the availability of staff
 (often volunteers), as well as supplies of vouchers
 or other assistance.

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Who                                            What                              When                          Cost and Conditions

Church of All Nations                          Foodbank and vouchers             Tue, Wed, Thu                 Free
180 Palmerston Street                          Vouchers are available on         10am - 12pm                   Fresh food $2 donation

                                                                                                                                              CARLTON
Carlton, 3053                                  a case by case basis. Tea,        Fresh food on Wednesdays      Healthcare/concession card
9347 7077                                      coffee, biscuits, newspapers                                    holders
contact@carlton-uca.org                        and friendly welcome greet
carlton-uca.org                                those waiting for assistance.
Coordinator: Bruce Osmond, Emergency Relief

Anglicare - Mission House                      Food relief - food bank and       Tue and Thu                   Free
122 Napier Street                              food parcels                      1.30pm - 3.30pm               Must live in following
Fitzroy, 3065                                  Provides assistance to people                                   postcodes: 3000, 3051, 3053,

                                                                                                                                              FITZROY
9419 3288 or 0458 750 031                      living in public housing and                                    3054, 3065, 3066, 3067,
anglicarevic.org.au                            rental properties with a                                        3068 and 3070
Coordinator: Rev. Louise Lang                  Healthcare Card.

Anglicare - St Marks Church Community Centre   Food parcels                      Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri       Free
250 George Street                              Proving comfort and stability     12pm - 3pm                    Rough sleepers and people
Fitzroy, 3065                                  in the form of food parcels                                     experiencing chronic

                                                                                                                                              FITZROY
9419 3288 or 0458 750 031                      and financial assistance                                        homelessness
anglicarevic.org.au                            for people experiencing
Coordinator: Rev. Louise Lang                  homelessness.

Collingwood Cottage Food Bank                  Collingwood Cottage Food          Fri                           Free
All Saints Church                              Bank                              9am - 12pm                    Open to everyone
King William St, Fitzroy, 3065                 Food products are distributed     Must register after 9am for

                                                                                                                                              FITZROY
9481 7333                                      to local people in need each      a number and collect parcel
office@olsc.org.au                             Friday. Temporary location at     after 12pm.
olsc.org.au                                    King William Street until 2018.   Closed on Good Friday and
                                                                                 for 6 weeks over Christmas.
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Who                                           What                              When                            Cost and Conditions

Presbyterian and Scots Church Joint Mission   Food parcels                      Tue                             Free
(Flemington Mission)

                                                                                                                                              FLEMINGTON
                                              Every Tuesday there is coffee,    10am - 1pm, 1st and 3rd         Open to everyone
St Stephen’s Church Hall                      conversation,clothes, blankets    Tuesday of the month.
28 Norwood Street, Flemington, 3031           and books. Food relief is         Closed public holidays and
9376 3777                                     provided 1st and 3rd Tuesday      from Christmas to end of
philip.court@scotschurch.com                  of the month.                     January.
Contact: Philip Court, Minister

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)          Food bank / pantry                Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri         Free
214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray, 3011     Food bank/pantry with             10am - 5pm Contact ASRC         Asylum seekers, refugees

                                                                                                                                              FOOTSCRAY
9326 6066                                     perishable and non-               for details on closure during   who are members of the
food@asrc.org.au                              perishable items available.       public holidays                 ASRC only

Anglicare - The Lazarus Centre                Food parcels                      Daily                           Free
St Peters Eastern Hill,                       Proving comfort and stability     7.30am - 9am                    Homeless people aged over

                                                                                                                                              MELBOURNE
15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne, 3000           in the form of food parcels                                       18
9419 3288 or 0458 750 031                     and financial assistance
anglicarevic.org.au                           for people experiencing
Contact: Rev. Louise Lang, Coordinator        homelessness

RISE Refugee                                  Food bank                         Thu and Sat                     Free
Level 1, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000   The RISE Food Bank aims           Thu: 9am - 5pm                  Refugees and asylum seekers
9639 8623                                     to address the initial critical   Sat: 10.30am - 1pm

                                                                                                                                              MELBOURNE
admin@riserefugee.org                         needs of refugees and asylum
riserefugee.org                               seekers by providing access
Contact: Ramish                               to free dry food, fresh fruits
                                              and vegetables. Donations
                                              welcome - see website for
                                              items needed.

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 Who                                             What                            When                      Cost and Conditions

 Salvation Army                                  The Marketplace                 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri   Free
 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000               The Marketplace offers a wide   9.30am - 12pm             Concession card or ID may
 9653 3299                                       selection of food and other     Closed public holidays    be required

                                                                                                                                           MELBOURNE
 salvationarmy.org.au                            necessities to those who
 Contact: Anthony McEvoy, Project 614            need them most.

 Returned Servicemen’s League,                   Food vouchers and other         Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri   Free
 Victorian branch                                services (veterans only)        9am - 5pm                 For information and to
 ANZAC House                                     Support for former or           Closed public holidays    ascertain if you are eligible

                                                                                                                                           MELBOURNE
 4 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000               serving members of the                                    for assistance please contact
 9655 5531                                       Australian Defence Force                                  using the details provided.
 jjackson@rslvic.com.au                          or Allied Forces and for
 rslvic.com.au                                   their dependants who
 Contact: Jeff Jackson, Manager Pensions         are experiencing financial
 Advocacy and Welfare Support                    hardship.

 UnitingCare Hotham Mission                      Food for Thought: youth         Wed                       Free
 North Melbourne Community Centre                food assistance program         9am - 2pm                 Referrals made through

                                                                                                                                           NORTH MELBOURNE
 49-53 Buncle Street, North Melbourne, 3051      Not a drop-in service. Food                               organisations. Aimed
 9326 8245                                       parcels are delivered to                                  at refugees and asylum
 alex.johnson@hothammission.org.au               organisations.                                            seekers, students and people
 hothammission.org.au                                                                                      experiencing homelessness.
 Contact: Alex Johnson or Beth Stewart-Wright,
 Youth Programs Coordinators
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Who                                            What                            When                      Cost and Conditions

HOPE Prahran at St Matthew’s Anglican Church   Food assistance                 Mon, Tue, Thu             Free
157A High Street, Prahran, 3181                Providing non-perishable        Mon: 10am - 1pm           Open to everyone
9510 3326                                      food and other groceries to     Tue: 10am - 2pm
hopeprahran@stmatts.com.au                     people in need.                 Thur: 10am - 12.30pm

                                                                                                                                           PRAHRAN
stmatts.com.au                                                                 Closed public holidays

Open House at St Peter and St Paul’s           Food parcels                    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri   Free
Church                                         Provides a range of services    11am - 3pm                Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                           SOUTH MELBOURNE
377 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, 3205       to those in need in the area.   Closed public holidays
9690 5895
sppchurch@hotmail.com
sppchurch.org.au
Contact: Julian Messina, CEO, Parish

Victorian Aids Council                         David William Fund              Wed and Thu               Free
51 Commercial Road, South Yarra, 3141          Provides food vouchers          Wed: 10am - 4pm           Recipients must provide
9863 0444                                      and other emergency             Thur: 10am - 5pm          proof of HIV status,

                                                                                                                                           SOUTH YARRA
lynda.horn@vac.org.au                          financial assistance to         Closed public holidays    demonstrate receipt of Social
Contact: Lynda Horn, David Williams Fund       people living with HIV who                                Security Benefit or Pension,
Coordinator                                    are experiencing financial                                demonstrate financial
                                               hardship.                                                 hardship, resident of Victoria,
                                                                                                         provide a Centrelink income
                                                                                                         statement.

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Community
meals
Wondering where to
go for an affordable,
nourishing meal and
eat with others? These
programs provide free,
cheap or subsidised
meals to members of the
community, often within
a social setting to allow
warm conversation and
social connection.
Who                                               What                             When                         Cost and Conditions

Hare Krishna Food for Life Melbourne              Food For Life                    Daily                        Free
197 Danks Street, Albert Park, 3206               community meals                  Breakfast: 8.30am - 9.30am   Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                           ALBERT PARK
9699 5122                                         Vegetarian and vegan meals       Lunch: 1pm - 2pm
info@harekrishnamelbourne.com.au                  are provided for those in        Dinner: 6pm - 7pm
harekrishnamelbourne.com.au                       need.

Parish of the Parks                               Sunday suppers                   Sun                          Free
St Silas Church Hall                              Evening two-course meal is       5pm sharp                    Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                           ALBERT PARK
99 Bridport Street, Albert Park, 3206             provided in the Church Hall      Closed over Christmas and
9696 5116                                         for those struggling to eat.     New Year
sundaysuppers@parishoftheparks.com.au             All are made welcome. This
parishoftheparks.com.au                           service is run by volunteers.
Contact: Katherine Moore, Parish Office
Secretary
Brunswick Uniting Church                          The Olive Way -                  Wed                          Free (donations welcome)
212- 214 Sydney Road, Brunswick, 3056             community lunch                  12.30pm                      Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                           BRUNSWICK
0431 193 810 or 0414 319 649                      A community kitchen              Closed public holidays
brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au                    provides lunch on
Contact: Peter Blair or Glenice Cook, The Olive   Wednesdays at 12.30. The
Way Coordinators                                  cook provides a delicious
                                                  home style 2 course meal.

Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre             Morning tea for seniors          Mon                          Free
Community Hall                                    Morning tea for seniors at the   10am - 12pm                  Referrals and assessment

                                                                                                                                           CARLTON
530 Lygon Street, Carlton, 3052                   Carlton Housing Estate.          Closed public holidays       required to access the
9347 2739                                                                                                       program. Can be a self-
cnlc.org.au                                                                                                     referral.
info@cnlc.org.au

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Who                                       What                          When                      Cost and Conditions

Carlton Senior Citizens Group             Food with friends             Wed                       $7.50
Kathleen Syme Community Centre            Community lunch.              12pm - 1pm                Older adults (55+)

                                                                                                                             CARLTON
251 Faraday Street, Carlton, 3053                                       Booking essential
9658 7310
Contact: Natalie Warren, Coordinator

Church of All Nations                     Community lunch               Tue                       $2 donation
180 Palmerston Street, Carlton, 3053      Meals are nutritional, vary   11.30am - 1pm             Open to everyone
9347 7077                                 weekly and include dessert.   Closed public holidays

                                                                                                                             CARLTON
contact@carlton-uca.org
carlton-uca.org
Contact: Bruce Osmond, Coordinator
Emergency Relief

Mantra Lounge                             Pay what you can              Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri   Free (donations welcome)
167 Grattan Street, Carlton, 3053         Serving sustainable, vegan    7pm - 8pm                 Open to everyone
9036 2996                                 meals.                        Closed public holidays

                                                                                                                             CARLTON
press@mantralounge.com.au
mantralounge.com.au
Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Head Chef,
Cafe Manager

Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre     Community lunch               Thu                       $4 donation

                                                                                                                             CARLTON NORTH
20 Princes Street, Carlton North, 3054    Community lunch for people    12.45pm - 1.45pm          Referrals and assessment
9347 2739                                 with mild disabilities.                                 required to access the
info@cnlc.org.au                                                                                  program. Can be a self-
cnlc.org.au                                                                                       referral.
Who                                            What                             When                       Cost and Conditions

Collingwood Neighbourhood House                Men’s breakfast                  Wed                        Free

                                                                                                                                       COLLINGWOOD
253 Hoddle Street, Collingwood, 3066                                            10.30am - 11.30am          Men only
9417 4856
cnh.bc.ca
Contact: Manager, Sue

Collingwood Neighbourhood House                Community lunch                  Tue and Thu                Cost of individual lunch:

                                                                                                                                       COLLINGWOOD
253 Hoddle Street, Collingwood, 3066           Enjoy an inexpensive,            12pm                       $5 for seniors
9417 4856                                      delicious, healthy lunch                                    $6.25 for adults
cnh.bc.ca                                      while getting to know your                                  $4 for students
Contact: Manager, Sue                          neighbours.                                                 $3.25 for children (
COMMUNITY MEALS                                                                                                                                            15

Who                                               What                             When                           Cost and Conditions

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Coolibah Centre      Community meals                  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun   Cost
67a Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065               Serves breakfast, lunch and      8.30am - 3.30pm. Breakfast,    Breakfasts cost $1 each,
9483 1323 or 1300 147 147                         afternoon tea each day. The      lunch and afternoon tea        lunches $3 and afternoon tea

                                                                                                                                                 FITZROY
bacci@bsl.org.au                                  kitchen is also the home base    Sunday 10am to 2pm             20 cents. For over 65s and
bsl.org.au                                        for cooking groups whose         Closed public holidays         members only, the annual
Contact: Robert Lorenzetto, Welfare Coordinator   members learn to prepare                                        membership fee is $50.
                                                  tasty, nutritious and low-cost
                                                  meals.
Missionaries of Charity Men’s Service, Fitzroy    Men’s dinner                     Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun             Free
Rear, 69 George Street , Fitzroy, 3065                                             4pm - 6pm                      Men 18+ only

                                                                                                                                                 FITZROY
9417 1704                                                                          Closed over Christmas and
Contact: Sister Jovier                                                             Easter

Open Table                                        Open Table                       Visit website                  Free
125 Napier Street, Fitzroy, 3065                  Weekly lunches in one of         or contact Open Table for up   Everyone is welcome at the

                                                                                                                                                 FITZROY
0403 218 123                                      the Brunswick, Fawkner,          to date days and times         free lunches, which aim to
hello@open-table.org                              Coburg, North Coburg,                                           have a culturally diverse
open-table.org                                    Carlton, Richmond or Fitzroy                                    menu including halal,
Contact: Angela O’Toole, General Manager          locations.                                                      vegetarian and vegan options

Society of St Vincent de Paul - soup vans         Fitzroy soup van                 Daily                          Free
All Saints Church                                                                  7.45pm - 8.15pm                Open to everyone
174 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065                                                Approximate arrival time

                                                                                                                                                 FITZROY
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van
Operations Manager
Who                                          What                           When                           Cost and Conditions

St Mary’s House of Welcome                   Community meals                Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat   $2 contribution is requested
165-169 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065      St Mary’s House of Welcome     Breakfast: 8.30am - 9.45am     Open to everyone
9417 6497                                    is a support centre for        Morning Tea: 10.30am

                                                                                                                                          FITZROY
admin@smhow.org.au                           disadvantaged people           Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
smhow.org.au                                 experiencing homelessness.     Afternoon Tea: 3.30pm
Contact: Jason Keenan, Community Support                                    Closed Wed and Sat from
Worker                                                                      1.30pm
                                                                            Closed public holidays
North Fitzroy Seventh Day Adventist Church   Open Door - North Fitzroy      Tue, Thu, Sun                  Free

                                                                                                                                          FITZROY NORTH
27 Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North, 3068      soup kitchen                   6.30pm - 7.30pm                Open to everyone
0409 422 064
northfitzroyadventist.com
Contact: Tanya

St Brendan’s Catholic Parish                 The Flemington and             Mon                            Free
103 Wellington Street, Flemington, 3031      Kensington community lunch     12pm - 1pm

                                                                                                                                          FLEMINGTON
9376 7378                                                                   Closed public holidays
flemington@cam.org.au
stbrendansflemington.com.au
Contact: Sharon Kane

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)         Community lunch                Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri        Free
214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray, 3011    Nutritious hot lunches that    12.30pm                        Asylum seekers, refugees

                                                                                                                                          FOOTSCRAY
9326 6066                                    are carefully planned to                                      who are members of the
food@asrc.org.au                             ensure a well-balanced diet.                                  ASRC members only

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Who                                             What                           When                           Cost and Conditions

Society of St Vincent de Paul - soup vans       Footscray soup van             Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun   Free
Whitten Oval, Corner Barkly Street and Gordon                                  8pm approximate arrival time   Open to everyone
Street, Footscray, 3011

                                                                                                                                        FOOTSCRAY
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager

Kensington Neighbourhood House                  Tuesday night social           Tue                            Free
89 McCracken Street, Kensington, 3031           This monthly program           5.30pm - 8pm                   Women 55 years and over
9376 6366                                       provides food, social          Operates last Tuesday of the

                                                                                                                                        KENSINGTON
info@kenhouse.org.au                            engagement and                 month
kensingtonneighbourhoodhouse.com                companionship for women
Contact: Carolyn Webster, Community             aged 55+.
Development Worker

Kensington Neighbourhood House                  Wednesday lunch and bingo      Wed                            $6 lunch, $2 bingo
89 McCracken Street, Kensington, 3031           Enjoy a two course meal and    12.30pm - 2pm                  Over 55
9036 2996                                       bingo in the company of this

                                                                                                                                        KENSINGTON
info@kenhouse.org.au                            friendly social group.
kensingtonneighbourhoodhouse.com
Contact: Carolyn Webster, Community
Development Worker
Who                                               What                               When                      Cost and Conditions

Anglicare - The Lazarus Centre                    Community breakfast                Daily                     Free
St Peters Eastern Hill                            Supports men and women             7.30am - 9am              Rough sleepers and people

                                                                                                                                               MELBOURNE
15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne, 3000               experiencing homelessness          11am BBQ on Fridays       experiencing chronic
9419 3288 or 0458 750 031                         with a nutritious breakfast                                  homelessness
anglicarevic.org.au                               every day of the year.
Contact: Rev. Louise Lang, Coordinator

Many Rooms                                        The Friday kitchen                 Fri                       Free
Multicultural Hub                                 Free meals for disadvantaged       5.30pm - 8pm              Must be over 18 years of age.

                                                                                                                                               MELBOURNE
506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, 3000                 people and those                                             Programs are focused on
0419 690 342                                      experiencing homelessness.                                   needs of people experiencing
jimd@manyrooms.org.au                                                                                          homelessness, but also serves
manyrooms.org.au                                                                                               others on low incomes,
                                                                                                               including pensioners.

Open Family Australia                             Open family Chatterbox             Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat        Free
(Open Family Chatterbox Bus or NOSH)              Bus outreach service, snacks       9pm - 10pm                Disadvantaged young people

                                                                                                                                               MELBOURNE
St Paul’s Cathedral, Corner Flinders Street and   and tea/coffee.                    Closed public holidays    aged 12-25
Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000
1300 669 600
info@openfamily.com.au
openfamily.com.au/
Contact: Anthony
Salvation Army                                    Hamodova Cafe                      Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri   Free
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000                 A welcoming community              9am - 1pm                 Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                               MELBOURNE
9653 3299                                         centre that provides breakfast     Closed public holidays
salvationarmy.org.au                              and lunch, as well as support
Contact: Anthony McEvoy, Project 614              to people from all walks of
                                                  life, especially those living on
                                                  the margins of society.

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Who                                            What                              When                       Cost and Conditions

St Vincent de Paul Society - Soup Vans         Fitzroy soup van -                Daily                      Free
Federation Square , Corner of Russell Street   Federation Square                 8.15pm - 8.45pm            Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                            MELBOURNE
and Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3000                                             Approximate arrival time
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager
St Vincent de Paul Society - Soup Vans         Fitzroy soup van -                Daily                      Free
Rebecca Walk (Spencer Street), Batman Park,    Batman Park                       8.30pm - 9pm               Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                            MELBOURNE
Melbourne, 3000                                                                  Approximate arrival time
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager
Many Rooms                                     The Saturday kitchen              Sat                        Free

                                                                                                                                            NORTH MELBOURNE NORTH MELBOURNE
North Melbourne Community Centre, 49-53        Free meals for disadvantaged      8.45am - 3pm               Does not serve those under
Buncle Street, North Melbourne, 3051           people and those                                             18. Programs are focused on
0419 690 342                                   experiencing homelessness.                                   needs of people experiencing
jimd@manyrooms.org.au                                                                                       homelessness, but also serves
manyrooms.org.au                                                                                            others on low incomes,
                                                                                                            including pensioners.

Ozanam Community Centre                        Ozanam Community Centre           Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri    $2 donation
268 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne, 3051   Drop-in program and meals         Breakfast: 9.15am - 10am   Provides support to men and
9329 6733                                      service. Dietician available on   Lunch: 12pm - 1pm          women who are experiencing,
vincentcare.org.au                             3rd Monday of the month.          Closed public holidays     or at risk of, homelessness,
Contact: Lauren Han, Volunteer Coordinator                                                                  and/or socially excluded.
Who                                             What                           When                            Cost and Conditions

Society of St Vincent de Paul - Soup Vans       Fitzroy soup van - North       Daily                           Free

                                                                                                                                     NORTH MELBOURNE
Corner Boundary Road and Macaulay Road,         Melbourne                      7pm - 7.30pm                    Open to everyone
North Melbourne, 3051                                                          Approximate arrival time
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager
The Centre                                      Drop-in morning tea            Tue                             $4

                                                                                                                                     NORTH MELBOURNE
58 Errol Street, North Melbourne, 3051          Provides morning tea in an     10am - 12pm, 1st Tuesday        Open to everyone
9328 1126                                       inclusive environment.         of the month. Does not run
admin@centre.org.au                                                            on public holidays or school
centre.org.au                                                                  holidays.
Contact: Ragn Hannah, Coordinator, Business
and Operations

Melbourne University Food Co-op                 Food co-op                     Wed, Thu, Fri                   Low cost
Level 1 Union House, University of Melbourne,   This member-run co-op sells    10am - 3pm                      Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                     PARKVILLE
Parkville, 3010                                 lunch and seasonal, fresh,
9347 8716                                       local produce at affordable
yourfoodcoop@gmail.com                          prices.

Prahran City Mission                            Hartley’s community            Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri         Low cost meals
211 Chapel Street, Prahran, 3181                dining room                    11am - 2pm                      Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                     PRAHRAN
9692 9500                                       Serves hot breakfasts during   Winter breakfast runs June to
prahranmission.org.au                           the winter months, and         August, 7.30am - 9.30am
Contact: Michael Scott, Community Services      weekday lunches to the
Manager                                         economically and socially
                                                disadvantaged.

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Who                                           What                                When                           Cost and Conditions

Society of St Vincent de Paul - Soup Vans     Collingwood soup van -              Mon                            Free
Corner Hoddle Street and Wellington Parade    Richmond                            7.30pm                         Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                                RICHMOND
Richmond, 3121                                                                    Approximate arrival time
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager

                                                                                                                                                SOUTH MELBOURNE
Meals @ the Bridge Lifeline Inc.              Meals at the bridge                 Fri, Sat                       Free
St Lukes Church Hall                          Serves meals to marginalised,       Fri: 7.30pm                    Aimed at people who are
210 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne            socially disadvantaged              Sat: 4.30pm                    experiencing homelessness,
9836 7040 or 0402 252041                      people and those                    Closed public holidays         are marginalised or socially
contact@mealsatthebridge.org                  experiencing homelessness.                                         disadvantaged
mealsatthebridge.org
Contact: Michael Carter, CEO
Open House at St. Peter and St. Paul’s        Breakfast, BBQ lunch, dinner        Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri        Free
Church

                                                                                                                                                SOUTH MELBOURNE
                                              and tea/coffee                      Mon - Tues: dinner 5pm,        Open to everyone
377 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, 3205      Provides a range of services        tea/coffee 11am - 3pm
9690 5895                                     to those in need in the area.       Wed: breakfast 10am,
sppchurch@hotmail.com                                                             tea/coffee 11am - 3pm
sppchurch.org.au                                                                  Thur: tea/coffee 11am - 3pm
Contact: Julian Messina, CEO, Parish                                              Fri: BBQ lunch 12.30pm,
                                                                                  tea/coffee 11am - 3pm
                                                                                  Closed public holidays
South Yarra Senior Citizens Centre            Senior Citizen Centres,             Fri                            $7.50

                                                                                                                                                SOUTH YARRA
65 Toorak Road West, South Yarra, 3141        Food with Friends                   12pm for lunch, 2nd            Senior citizens 55+
9820 2760                                     Three course meals from             and 4th Friday of the month.
Contact: Farhad Malhai                        different cuisines for older        Closed public holidays
                                              adults in the City of Melbourne’s
                                              Senior Citizen Centres.
Who                                              What                          When                          Cost and Conditions

St Vincent de Paul Society - Soup Vans           Fitzroy soup van              Daily                         Free
                                                 - Southbank

                                                                                                                                   SOUTHBANK
Hanover House, 52 Haig Street, Southbank, 3205                                 9pm - 9.30pm                  Open to everyone
9895 5800                                                                      Approximate arrival time
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager

Sacred Heart Mission - Community Meals           Meals program                 Daily                         Free
87 Grey Street, St Kilda, 3182                   Provides hearty, nutritious   Breakfast: 8.30am - 10.30am   Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                   ST KILDA
9537 1166                                        meals to people who are       Lunch: 11.45am - 1.15pm
info@sacredheartmission.org                      socially disadvantaged and
sacredheartmission.org                           isolated or experiencing
                                                 homelessness.

Sacred Heart Mission - Community Meals           Women’s lunch                 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri       Free
Sacred Heart Mission Women’s House               Provides a safe and           11.30am - 3pm                 Women only

                                                                                                                                   ST KILDA
65 Robe Street, St Kilda, 3182                   supportive environment for
9537 1166                                        women from diverse cultures
info@sacredheartmission.org                      and backgrounds, who are
sacredheartmission.org                           experiencing homelessness
                                                 or are at risk of becoming
                                                 homeless.
St Kilda Baptist Community Kitchen               St Kilda community kitchen    Mon                           Free
9 Pakington Street, St Kilda, 3182               Distribution of food          6pm                           Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                   ST KILDA
0412 383 162                                     donations.                    Closed all of January and
Contact: Ross Dickson, Coordinator                                             public holidays

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Who                                              What                            When                            Cost and Conditions

Star Health - Wominjeka BBQ                      Wominjeka BBQ                   Mon                             Free
Veg Out Community Garden in St Kilda             This weekly BBQ is for          11.30am                         Aboriginal and Torres Strait
(opposite Luna Park)                             anyone from the Aboriginal      Closed public holidays          Islander
Corner of Shakespeare Grove and Chaucer          and Torres Strait Islander

                                                                                                                                                ST KILDA
Street, St Kilda, 3182                           community.
9525 1300
Contact: Mark, Indigenous Access Coordinator

St Vincent de Paul Society - Soup Vans           Fitzroy soup van                Daily                           Free
                                                 - West Melbourne

                                                                                                                                                WEST MELBOURNE
Queen Victoria Market (Car Park), Peel Street,                                   9.15pm - 9.45pm                 Open to everyone
West Melbourne, 3003                                                             Approximate arrival time
9895 5800
soupvans@svdp-vic.org.au
vinnies.org.au
Contact: Danusia Kaska, Soup Van Operations
Manager

cohealth                                         Cafe meals program              Available during regular cafe   $2 buys a meal to the value

                                                                                                                                                VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Participating cafes in various locations in      Subsidised meals at local       opening hours, check with       of $10
Melbourne.                                       cafes for people experiencing   individual businesses           People experiencing
(03) 9448 5536 or 1300 022 247                   homelessness.                   Participants can get one        homelessness.
susan.whitelock@cohealth.org.au                                                  meal a day, every day of the    Must be a member of the
cohealth.org.au                                                                  week. Members can choose        program. To enquire about
Contact: Susan Whitelock                                                         breakfast, lunch or dinner.     membership, contact the
                                                                                                                 program worker.
City of Melbourne’s
community meals subsidy
Would you like information about how you can enjoy a meal
with a local community group? The City of Melbourne provides
community meal subsidies for organisations that support older
people to meet and share a meal on a regular basis. Older
people and organisations supporting older people are eligible
to apply for a $4 subsidy per person for a maximum number of
12 community meal sessions with a maximum subsidy for 200
meals per session. There are currently more than 35 diverse
community groups and organisations including Lithuanian,
Greek, Italian, Chinese and Spanish that regularly meet to share
a meal in the municipality.
If you would like more information or if you have a group who is
interested in applying for a community meal subsidy, contact
the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658.

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Food education
Learn about how food is
grown, sourced and how
to cook delicious healthy
meals affordably through
one of these food
education programs.
Includes cooking, food
growing and nutrition
classes and community
kitchens.
Who                                            What                            When                        Cost and Conditions

Collingwood Children’s Farm                    School tours                    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri     $7 per person
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, 3067         Farm tours last approximately   Farm tours commence         Open to everyone - aimed at
9417 5806                                      two hours. Children can learn   at 10am. Afternoon farm     children and students

                                                                                                                                           ABBOTSFORD
staff@farm.org.au                              from trained staff how to       tours can be arranged by
farm.org.au                                    milk a cow, bottle-feed the     appointment.
Contact: Anita Stec                            lambs (seasonal), correctly     Check website for school
                                               approach and handle farm        holiday programs.
                                               animals and sustainable
                                               landcare principles.

Collingwood Children’s Farm                    Volunteer gardening             Tue                         Free
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, 3067         sessions                        Every Tuesday afternoon,    Those aged 18+ need to have
9417 5806                                      Keen gardeners or those         from 1.30pm except during   a valid Working With Children

                                                                                                                                           ABBOTSFORD
staff@farm.org.au                              who’d like to learn more        the school holidays         Check
farm.org.au                                    about gardening can join in
Contact: Anita Stec                            these volunteer sessions to
                                               learn more about land care
                                               and harvesting fruit and
                                               vegetables.

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Coolibah Centre   Cooking groups and              Mon and Tue                 Free
67a Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065            gardening classes               Cooking                     For members.
9483 1323 or 1300 147 147                      Held in Coolibah’s vegetable    Monday: 9.30am - 11.30am    Over 65s only, annual
bacci@bsl.org.au                               patch and community             Gardening                   membership costs $50

                                                                                                                                           FITZROY
bsl.org.au                                     kitchen.                        Tuesday: 9.30am - 11.30am
Contact: Robert Lorenzetto                                                     Closed public holidays

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Who                                   What                             When                           Cost and Conditions

Cultivating Community                 Fitzroy Community                Daily                          Free
Napier Street, Fitzroy, 3065          Food Centre                      Kitchen available for use      Open to everyone
9429 3084                             Located at the Fitzroy           by community groups and
peta@cultivatingcommunity.org.au      community garden, the            social enterprises 9am -

                                                                                                                                     FITZROY
Contact: Peta Christensen             programs offered through         5pm on weekdays and by
                                      the kitchen help people          appointment on weekends.
                                      to access fresh food, learn      Workshops also run weekly.
                                      about growing and preparing      Contact Peta Christensen for
                                      food and also provide            more information.
                                      opportunities to share food in
                                      a spirit of conviviality.
cohealth                              cohealth nutrition               Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri        Open to everyone
12 Gower Street, Kensington, 3031     education and support            9am - 4.30pm                   Fees may apply
8378 3515                             Access by referral from health   Closed public holidays

                                                                                                                                     KENSINGTON
susan.whitelock@cohealth.org.au       professional or contact us
cohealth.org.au                       directly.
Contact: Sujata Joshi

cohealth                              cohealth nutrition education     Mon, Thu, Fri                  Free
53 Victoria Street, Melbourne, 3000   and support                      10am - 4pm                     Refugees and asylum seekers,
9448 5536                             Drop-in service available.       Closed public holidays         Aboriginal and Torres Strait

                                                                                                                                     MELBOURNE
susan.whitelock@cohealth.org.au                                                                       Islander people and people
cohealth.org.au                                                                                       experiencing homelessness
Contact: Susan Whitelock
Who                                               What                               When                          Cost and Conditions

Queen Victoria Market                             School tours at Queen              Contact QVM for details on    Approximately $12 per
Corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street,   Victoria Market                    when tours run and bookings   person
Melbourne, 3000                                   Enjoy a fun educational tour                                     Students

                                                                                                                                           MELBOURNE
9320 5822                                         through the historic Queen
qvm.com.au                                        Victoria Market. On this one
Contact: Carmen                                   hour guided tour, students
                                                  have the opportunity to learn
                                                  about fresh produce and how it
                                                  gets from the farm to the plate.
Queen Victoria Market                             Foodie tours                       Tue, Thu, Sat                 $69 per person
Corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street,   Guided 90 minute tour.             Tours run at 9am and 11am     Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                           MELBOURNE
Melbourne, 3000                                   Discover amazing stories           Closed public holidays
9320 5822                                         about the Market’s history,
qvm.com.au                                        learn secret shopping tips
Contact: Carmen                                   and get to know some of the
                                                  traders.

                                                                                                                                           NORTH Melbourne
YMCA Victoria -                                   Nutrition seminars                 Information on time           Free
North Melbourne Community Centre                  Quarterly seminars on              provided closer to seminar    Open to everyone
49-53 Buncle Street, North Melbourne , 3051       popular nutrition issues.
9320 4700
Hanna.Tadesse@ymca.org.au
melbourne.vic.gov.au/
Contact: Hanna Tadesse
The Social Food Project                           Farmer to table cooking            Workshops run on an           $100 per person
53/26-36 High Street, Northcote, 3070             workshops                          ad hoc basis                  Booking essential

                                                                                                                                           NORTHCOTE
0412 342 504                                      Brings together food               See website for more
benmac@socialfoodproject.com                      producers and eaters in a fun,     information
socialfoodproject.com                             interactive cooking class.
Contact: Ben McMenamin

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Who                                          What                               When                           Cost and Conditions

Melbourne University Community Garden        Food growing workshops             Various times and days         Free
Monash Road, Parkville, 3052                 and working bees                   Visit Facebook page for

                                                                                                                                            PARKVILLE
mucgarden@gmail.com                          Accessible to students,            upcoming events
facebook.com/MU.CommunityGarden              ex-students and locals to
mucgarden.weebly.com                         participate in food growing
                                             and workshops.

South Port Uniting Church                    Kitchen Mates and Grow             Wed, Fri                       $2 - $7

                                                                                                                                            PORT MELBOURNE
144 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, 3207      and Eat                            Grow and Eat: 1.30pm - 3pm,    Open to everyone, bookings
9690 1188                                    Social cooking using garden        1st Wednesday of the month     required
janet.hoare@southportuniting.org.au          produce.                           (not January)
spuc.org.au                                                                     Kitchen Mates: 11am - 1.30pm
Contact: Janet Hoare                                                            every second Friday

South Port Uniting Church                    Seasonal gardening                 Wed                            Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                            PORT MELBOURNE
144 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, 3207      activities                         Gardening for beginners
9690 1188                                    Gardening workshops for            to experts: 11.30am - 1pm.
janet.hoare@southportuniting.org.au          beginners to experts.              Gardening for preschool
spuc.org.au                                  Gloves and tools provided.         families (school term time):
Contact: Janet Hoare                                                            1.15pm - 2pm.

South Melbourne Market                       The Neff Market Kitchen            Various times and days         Various prices

                                                                                                                                            SOUTH MELBOURNE
Corner of Coventry Street and Cecil Street   Offering a range of classes        Visit website for further      Bookings essential via
South Melbourne, 3205                        at differing levels of skill and   details                        website or phone
9209 6295                                    price point, The Neff Market
smm@portphilip.vic.gov.au                    Kitchen brings together some
southmelbournemarket.com.au                  of Melbourne’s best chefs with
Contact: Meg Dallalana                       people who are passionate
                                             about cooking in an innovative
                                             culinary space.
Who                                       What                            When                           Cost and Conditions

Prahran Market                            Hidden gem market tours         Sat                            Free
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, 3141    A guided tour, fantastic        12pm first Saturday of every   Open to everyone.
8290 8220                                 Prahran Market shopping bag,    month                          Bookings must be made

                                                                                                                                         SOUTH YARRA
stefanie.mullin@prahranmarket.com.au      exclusive market insights and                                  in advance. Tours will only
prahranmarket.com.au                      more.                                                          run with a minimum of two
Contact: Stefanie Mullin                                                                                 participants. See website for
                                                                                                         details.

Star Health                               Gardening veg out group         Wed                            Free
Corner of Shakespeare Grove and Chaucer   Food growing classes.           10.30am - 12pm every           Referral may be required.
Street, St Kilda, 3182                                                    second Wednesday (may          Transport can be arranged.

                                                                                                                                         ST KILDA
9525 1300                                                                 be cancelled due to wet
ihoward@starhealth.org.au                                                 weather)
Contact: Imogen Howard

Permablitz Melbourne                      Permablitz                      Various times and days         Free
permablitz@gmail.com                      Permablitz is an informal       Visit website for further      Open to everyone, regardless

                                                                                                                                         VARIOUS LOCATIONS
permablitz.com                            gathering where people          details                        of skill level or physical
Contact: Adrian                           come together to create or                                     capacity. We especially
                                          add to edible public and                                       welcome first time gardeners.
                                          private gardens. Permablitzes                                  Just come and contribute any
                                          are free events, open to the                                   way you are able.
                                          public, with free workshops
                                          and shared food. The
                                          permablitz network is based
                                          on reciprocal volunteer
                                          support.

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Dietician outreach services
Do you know someone who needs advice and direction about
their nutrition? Cohealth runs dietician outreach sessions run at
several locations across the City of Melbourne. These are either
fortnightly or monthly services. Contact the individual service
via the relevant number below for dates.
Ozanam Community Centre
268 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne, 3051
Phone 9329 6733 for an appointment
Frontyard Youth Services
19 King St, Melbourne, 3000
Phone 9611 2411 for an appointment
The Living Room
7-9 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, 3000
Phone 9945 2100 for an appointment
Dieticians from cohealth also attend some local community
meals to provide free advice and support in a relaxed
environment. These services change from month to month.
Call 9677 0800 or 1300 022 247 to find out dates.
Community
gardens
If you know someone
who’d like to grow their
own fresh fruit and
vegetables, but doesn’t
have a garden or balcony
of their own, community
gardens can play an
important role.
Gardens and shared
planter-boxes may be on
public housing estates,
vacant blocks, footpaths or
land awaiting development.

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Who                                            What                          When                            Cost and Conditions

Docklands Community Garden                     Community garden              Garden is publicly accessible   Free
Geographe Street, Docklands, 3008              Food growing, working bees    at all times                    Open to everyone, however
0408 818 980                                   and workshops.                                                mostly aimed at Docklands

                                                                                                                                          DOCKLANDS
activators@docklandsgarden.org                                                                               residents and workers
docklandsgarden.org
Contact: Greg Wise

East Melbourne Community Garden                Community garden              Open during daylight hours      Fees set each year by the
Sinclair’s Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens, East      Community garden for East                                     Committee of Management

                                                                                                                                          EAST MELBOURNE
Melbourne, 3002                                Melbourne residents. To                                       Must be a resident of East
eastmelbcommgarden@gmail.com                   be placed on the waiting                                      Melbourne
                                               list send an email to the
                                               membership secretary.

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Coolibah Centre   Coolibah’s vegetable patch    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun    Free for members
67a Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065            (see Food Education section   The centre is open from         Over 65s only. Annual
9483 1323 or 1300 147 147                      for information about         8.30am to 3.30pm. On            membership costs $50
bacci@bsl.org.au                               classes).                     Sunday and public holidays

                                                                                                                                          FITZROY
bsl.org.au                                                                   the hours are 10am to 2pm.
Contact: Robert Lorenzetto                                                   The centre is closed on
                                                                             Saturdays.
Who                                         What                              When                           Cost and Conditions

Kensington Community Garden                 Kensington Community              Contact for more information   Kensington residents
118-128 Westbourne Road, Kensington, 3031   Garden                                                           There is currently a waiting
9376 1633                                   The gardens provide the                                          list for this garden
kensington@ymca.org.au                      opportunity for local

                                                                                                                                            KENSINGTON
kensingtonassociation.org.au                residents to grow herbs and
Contact: YMCA, Kensington Community         vegetables for personal use.
Recreation Centre                           The gardens also provide a
                                            perfect community space
                                            for people to come together
                                            and socialise. Plots when
                                            available are allocated to 3031
                                            residents on the wait list.
Kensington Neighbourhood House              Arden Street                      Garden is publically           Available for use by
321 Arden Street, Kensington, 3031          Community Garden                  accessible at all times        members
9376 6367                                   This street garden was                                           To enquire about
loretta.c@kenhouse.org.au                   built and maintained with                                        membership or to volunteer

                                                                                                                                            KENSINGTON
kensingtonneighbourhoodhouse.com            support from business owner                                      your time, contact
Contact: Loretta Curtin                     Frank Menis, Flemington                                          Kensington Neighbourhood
                                            Community Bank, City                                             House.
                                            of Melbourne and Living
                                            Learning Australia. Fruit trees
                                            will be planted on the corner
                                            of Arden and Lloyd Streets.
                                            Open to new members.
Kensington Neighbourhood House              Community herb share              Garden can be accessed         $20 annual membership
                                            program and community             all times

                                                                                                                                            KENSINGTON
89 McCracken Street, Kensington, 3031                                                                        Open to everyone
9376 6366                                   garden
kensingtonneighbourhoodhouse.com            Shared planter boxes
info@kenhouse.org.au                        with freshly grown herbs
Contact: Carolyn Webster, Community         accessible to members.
Development Worker

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Who                                               What                             When                          Cost and Conditions

Melbourne University Community Garden             Melbourne University             Garden can be accessed all    Free
Monash Road, Parkville, 3052                      community garden                 times                         Open to everyone

                                                                                                                                                  PARKVILLE
mucgarden@gmail.com                               Accessible to students,
mucgarden.weebly.com                              ex-students and locals to
facebook.com/MU.CommunityGarden                   participate in food growing
                                                  and workshops.

South Port Uniting Church                         Simply living community          Open all year round           Everyone is welcome to
144 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, 3207           garden                           (see Food Education section   join in the activities held in
                                                                                                                 and around the garden or

                                                                                                                                                  PORT MELBOURNE
9690 1188                                         The Simply Living Community      for information about
janet.hoare@southportuniting.org.au               Garden in the church grounds     workshops)                    simply enjoy the space. We
spuc.org.au                                       is open all year round. It                                     invite the community to pick
Contact: Janet Hoare                              includes an edible garden                                      herbs and vegetables but ask
                                                  with herbs, vegetables and                                     people to only take as much
                                                  fruit, community composting                                    as they need. Contributions
                                                  bays and seating in shade                                      of time, expertise, materials,
                                                  and sun.                                                       compost scraps or donations
                                                                                                                 are welcome.
Boyd Community Hub                                Boyd planter boxes               Open to public access         Free

                                                                                                                                                  SOUTHBANK
207 City Road, Southbank, 3006                    Providing local residents with                                 Open to everyone
9658 8317                                         the opportunity to garden
boyd@melbourne.vic.gov.au                         and grow herbs.
melbourne.vic.gov.au
Contact: Nadine Ford

Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda Inc.           Veg Out community gardens        9am - 4pm in winter           Open to everyone
Corner of Shakespeare Grove and Chaucer Street,   Veg Out is an organic,           9am - 6pm in summer           ‘Friend’ membership costs

                                                                                                                                                  ST KILDA
St Kilda, 3182                                    chemical free community                                        $15
hello@vegout.org.au                               garden run by volunteers.
vegout.org.au                                     Become a Friend of the
Contact: Hugh or Sally                            garden by registering online.
Public housing                                                     Location                    Address
community gardens program                                          Alfred Street               33 Alfred Street
Do you live in public housing and wish to access a community       Buncle Street               Corner Buncle and Mark Streets
garden? Cultivating Community currently supports 21 public
housing community gardens as well as non-public housing            Crown Street                29 Crown Street
gardens. Funding comes from the Victorian Government
through the public housing section of the Department of            Emerald Street              24 Emerald Street
Human Services.                                                    Fitzroy                     125 Napier Street
Listed right of page are the public housing community gardens      (Asherton Gardens Estate)
in inner Melbourne. You must be a public housing resident to use   Flemington                  120 Racecourse Road
these gardens and many require key access. Access times vary
for each garden.                                                   Gronn Place                 End Gronn Place

For more information contact                                       Highett Street              139 Highett Street
Ben Liney on (03) 9429 3084 or
benliney@cultivatingcommunity.org.au                               Hoddle Street 229           229 Hoddle Street
Or visit the website at cultivatingcommunity.org.au                Hoddle Street 253           253 Hoddle Street

                                                                   Holmes Street               1 Holmes Street
Interested in growing your own food?
                                                                   Inkerman Street             150 Inkerman Street
•   Save energy and water, reduce waste and live sustainably:
    melbourne.vic.gov.au/energysaver                               King Street                 25 King Street
                                                                   (three small gardens)
•   Find out how to get funding support through a community
    grant to set up a community or neighborhood garden             Lennox Street               13 Lennox Street
    melbourne.vic.gov.au/greenspaces                               Lygon Street                530 Lygon Street
•   Find out how to plant and maintain gardens on nature strips
                                                                   Neill Street                140 Neill Street
    and medium strips through these street garden guidelines
    melbourne.vic.gov.au/greenspaces                               Park Towers                 255 Bank Street
•   Find out about ways to play a role in greening our city,       Union Street                49 Union Street
    whether through green roofs or vertical green walls
    melbourne.vic.gov.au/greencity                                 Wingate Avenue              22-24 Wingate Avenue

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Fresh food
and groceries
Love Melbourne’s markets,
their fresh produce and
being able to speak to
growers and producers?
Or want to know how you
can buy ethical fresh food
and groceries without
going to a supermarket?
There are a number of
options in Melbourne
to access fresh, locally
produced fresh food and
groceries.
Fresh food markets                                                   Food delivery
We’re fortunate in Melbourne to have a number of fresh food          Get groceries delivered to your home with these programs,
markets operate regularly at public locations. These often allow     which offer online ordering and home delivery of locally-grown
farmers and food producers to sell their fresh produce direct        produce. If you prefer to shop at the major supermarkets, Coles
to the community, often for less than you’d pay in the grocery       and Woolworths, also offer home delivery services.
store or supermarket. If you go towards the closing time of the
                                                                     For Coles, call 1800 455 400 or visit the Coles website
market, some vendors may sell their remaining perishable
                                                                     colesonline.com.au
items at a discount. Entry is free to most markets, or it’s a gold
coin donation.                                                       For Woolworths, call 1300 666 377 or visit the Woolworths
                                                                     website homeshop.com.au
Melbourne Farmers Markets are dedicated to Victorian food
and producers, regional food cultures, seasonal produce,
biodiversity, sustainable farming practices and the strengthening
of relationships between the consumer and the producer.
All upcoming markets are listed on their website mfm.com.au

Food cooperatives
A food cooperative (or ‘co-op’) is a group of people who get
together to buy food in bulk direct from wholesalers or from
farmers. Co-ops operate like grocery stores that is collectively
started, owned and run by its members. By buying in bulk, co-op
members are able to get fresh, quality food at reduced prices.
Buying ‘bulk’ doesn’t mean you have to buy lots of it, just come
in and refill your container and pay by weight.
Most co-ops specialise in natural, organic and locally grown
foods. Members usually pay an annual fee which goes towards
the co-ops running costs.

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Who                                       What                        When                           Cost and Conditions

Melbourne Farmers Market                  Collingwood Farmers’        Sat                            Adults $2
St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, 3067       Market                      8am - 1pm                      To support projects at
9419 0826                                                             Open second Saturday of        Collingwood Children’s Farm.

                                                                                                                                    ABBOTSFORD
info@mfm.com.au or marketing@mfm.com.au                               each month                     Free entry for children.
mfm.com.au
Contact: MFM office

Melbourne Farmers Market                  Slow Food Melbourne         Sat                            Gold coin donation
St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, 3067       Farmers Market              8am - 1pm
9419 0826                                                             Open fourth Saturday of each

                                                                                                                                    ABBOTSFORD
info@mfm.com.au or marketing@mfm.com.au                               month
mfm.com.au
Contact: MFM office

Melbourne Farmers Market                  Gasworks Farmers’ Markets   Sat                            Free entry
21 Graham Street, Albert Park, 3206                                   8am - 1pm
9419 0826                                                             Open third Saturday of each

                                                                                                                                    ALBERT PARK
info@mfm.com.au or marketing@mfm.com.au                               month
mfm.com.au
Contact: MFM office
Who                                            What                             When                           Cost and Conditions

Brunswick Uniting Church                       Brunswick Uniting food co-       Sat                            $1 membership
212- 214 Sydney Road , Brunswick, 3056         operative                        10am and 12pm
0431 193 810 or 0414 319 649                   Reduces packaging and,           Third Saturday of the month

                                                                                                                                               BRUNSWICK
brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au                 where possible, purchases
Contact: Glenice Cook                          organic and Australian
                                               grown foods and to care for
                                               the earth as a cooperative
                                               community.

Urban Orchard                                  Urban Orchard                    Sat                            Members of the project
Stewart Street and Roberts Street, Brunswick   A collection of folk from over   10am - 1pm (when CERES         leave their excess fruit,
                                                                                                               vegetables, herbs etc on the

                                                                                                                                               BRUNSWICK EAST
East, 3057                                     200 households across the        market is open)
urbanorchard@ceres.org.au                      inner northern suburbs of                                       swap table and take produce
Contact: April                                 Melbourne who swap and                                          others have dropped off
                                               share excess produce from                                       Visit the stall on market day
                                               their backyard gardens.                                         to get involved

Melbourne Farmers Market                       Carlton Farmers’ Market          Sat                            Entry to the market is by
Corner of Palmerston and Drummond Streets,                                      8am and 1pm                    gold coin donation which
Carlton, 3053                                                                   First Saturday of each month   supports the school’s
9419 0826                                                                                                      programs

                                                                                                                                               CARLTON
info@mfm.com.au or marketing@mfm.com.au
mfm.com.au
Contact: MFM office

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Who                                              What                              When                           Cost and Conditions

Friends of The Earth                             Friends of the Earth Food         Daily                          Low cost foods and meals
312 Smith Street, Collingwood, 3066              co-op and cafe                    10am - 6pm Monday - Friday     Annual membership for

                                                                                                                                                  COLLINGWOOD
9417 4382                                        Provides affordable, locally      10am - 5pm Saturdays           Co-op is available.
melbournefoe.org.au                              grown, organic food. Bring your   11am - 4pm Sundays             Volunteers get a 15% discount
Contact: Cam Walker                              own bags and containers or cup    (Café opens at 12pm)           off their shopping in the
                                                 for take away tea and coffee.     Closed public holidays         co-op. If you are interested
                                                 The café also offers cheap                                       in volunteering, visit the
                                                 lunchtime meals from 12pm                                        website.
                                                 using food from the co-op.
Flemington Farmers Market                        Flemington Farmers’ Market        Sun                            Free entry

                                                                                                                                                  FLEMINGTON
169-175 Mount Alexander Road, Flemington, 3031   Stallholders sell fresh food      9am - 1pm
0407 411 198                                     and local produce, all grown      Open every Sunday
flemingtonfarmersmarket.com.au                   and made themselves.              Closed over Christmas
Contact: Don Linke

Ceres Fair Food                                  Fair Food delivery service        Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri        See website for pricing and

                                                                                                                                                  GREATER MELBOURNE GREATER MELBOURNE
673 6288                                         Delivers fair, fresh food         11am - 7pm                     delivery fees for your area
info@ceresfairfood.org.au                        and groceries throughout
ceresfairfood.org.au                             Melbourne.
Contact: Customer Service (Kate or Laura)

Organic Angels                                   Organic Angels - food delivery    Delivery times vary for each   Mixed fruit and vegetable
Box Hill South, 3128                             Delivers organic produce          suburb / post code             boxes start from $46.50 plus
9890 0776                                        directly to your door. Sourcing   Contact Organic Angels for     delivery
enquiries@organicangels.com.au                   the best Australian certified     more information. Closed       See website for detailed
organicangels.com                                organic produce. Delivers to      public holidays                pricing
                                                 most locations in Melbourne.
Who                                               What                             When                       Cost and Conditions

Organic Empire                                    Organic Empire - delivery        Thu and Fri                See website for pricing
                                                  service

                                                                                                                                               GREATER MELBOURNE
9737 9677                                                                          Delivers 9am - 5pm
tastesbetter@organicempire.com.au                 Locally sourced from a farm
organicempire.com.au                              in the Yarra Valley, they
Contact: Ange Joffrey                             deliver sustainable, local and
                                                  organic foods, fruits and
                                                  vegetables, and groceries
                                                  to your home or office
                                                  throughout Melbourne.

Street Organics                                   Home delivery - healthy food     Daily                      Minimum order $55 for
                                                  options                                                     deliveries in Greater

                                                                                                                                               GREATER MELBOURNE
1430 High Street, Malvern, 3144                                                    8am - 4pm
9972 8329                                         Full café menu is available      (closes 10pm Thursdays)    Melbourne
streetorganics.com/melbourne                      through UberEATS and             9am - 2pm Sundays          Free delivery for Malvern area
                                                  Deliveroo, while house-
                                                  branded groceries, take-home
                                                  meals and other products are
                                                  available for home delivery
                                                  through the online store.

Queen Victoria Market                             Queen Victoria Market -          Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat         Free entry
Corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street,   fresh produce                    6am - 2pm Mondays and
Melbourne, 3000                                   Melbourne’s largest market       Wednesdays

                                                                                                                                               MELBOURNE
9320 5822                                         and historic landmark, where     6am - 5pm Thursdays
qvm.com.au                                        you can shop for everything      6am - 3pm Saturdays
                                                  from Australian fruit and        9am - 4pm Sundays
                                                  vegetables, and local and        Check website for public
                                                  imported gourmet foods,          holiday closures
                                                  to cosmetics, clothing and
                                                  souvenirs.

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Who                                        What                             When                       Cost and Conditions

Melbourne Farmers Market                   Farmers’ Market at the           Wed                        Free entry
University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010   University of Melbourne          10.30am - 2.30pm
9419 0826                                                                   Every Wednesday during
info@mfm.com.au or marketing@mfm.com.au                                     semester

                                                                                                                                     PARKVILLE
mfm.com.au
Contact: MFM office

Melbourne University Food Co-op            University of Melbourne food     Wed, Thu, Fri              Low cost
University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010   co-op                            10am - 3pm
9347 8716                                  The co-op sells lunch and

                                                                                                                                     PARKVILLE
yourfoodcoop@gmail.com                     seasonal, fresh, local produce
                                           at affordable prices. Member
                                           run.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)       Food justice truck               Wed and Fri                Low cost market prices
Melbourne CBD, Northcote, Footscray        Mobile fresh food market for     Melbourne CBD:             Refugees and asylum seekers

                                                                                                                                     Various Locations
9326 6066                                  people seeking asylum in         11.30am - 2pm Wednesdays   get 60 per cent discount
foodjusticetruck@asrc.org.au               Victoria by offering locally     Northcote:
asrc.org.au                                sourced produce, grains,         11.30am - 1.30pm Fridays
                                           legumes, tea and bread at a      Footscray:
                                           60 per cent discount. Also       3pm - 5pm Fridays
                                           welcomes general public
                                           shoppers who pay local
                                           market rates.
Who                                           What                             When                            Cost and Conditions

Prahran Market                                Prahran Market                   Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat              Free entry
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, 3141        Selling high quality fruit and   7am - 5pm

                                                                                                                                     PRAHRAN
8290 8220                                     veg, a wide range of certified   10am - 3pm Sundays
stefanie.mullin@prahranmarket.com.au          organic produce, sustainable     Check website for public
prahranmarket.com.au                          seafood, free range meat,        holiday closures
Contact: Stefanie Mullin                      poultry and more.

City of Yarra                                 Gleadell Street Market           Sat                             Free entry
Gleadell Street, Richmond, 3121               Every Saturday Gleadell          7am - 1pm

                                                                                                                                     RICHMOND
9205 5555                                     St is closed to traffic and      Closed on Easter Saturday,
info@yarracity.vic.gov.au                     becomes a farmer’s market        ANZAC day (if falling on a
yarracity.vic.gov.au                          selling seasonal fruits and      Saturday) and for a 1-2 weeks
Contact: Compliance Administration Team       vegetables, fresh bread,         over the Christmas/New Year
                                              herbs, flowers and gourmet       period
                                              delights.
South Melbourne Market                        South Melbourne Market           Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun              Free entry

                                                                                                                                     SOUTH MELBOURNE
Corner of Coventry Street and Cecil Street,   A quintessential village         8am - 4pm
South Melbourne, 3205                         market, a place where people     (closes 5pm Fridays)
9209 6295                                     come not only to purchase
smm@portphilip.vic.gov.au                     fresh local food, but to meet,
southmelbournemarket.com.au                   eat, drink, shop, discover,
Contact: Meg Dallalana                        share and connect.

Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda Inc.       Veg Out St Kilda Farmers’        Sat                             Free entry
Corner of Shakespeare Grove and Chaucer       Market                           7.30am - 1pm

                                                                                                                                     ST KILDA
Street                                        Directly supporting primary      First Saturday each month
St Kilda, 3182                                producers from around the
hello@vegout.org.au                           state, selling both certified
vegout.org.au                                 organic and conventional
Contact: Hugh or Sally                        produce.

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City of Melbourne’s                                                  City of Melbourne community transport
meals service                                                        program: support with grocery shopping
Do you or someone you know need help preparing meals at              If you or someone you know has difficulty using public transport
home? Older people or younger people with disabilities in the        because of frailty, disability or isolation, the City of Melbourne’s
municipality may be eligible to access City of Melbourne’s home      community transport program is available. It’s a pre-booked
delivered meal service. The service can cater for specific dietary   service for shopping trips and is available within City of
needs and assistance with meal preparation is also available.        Melbourne municipal boundaries. Local shopping destinations
                                                                     include Queen Victoria Market, Footscray Market, Prahran
When: Meals delivered five days a week and weekend meals
                                                                     Market, Barkley Square and ALDI.
      can be delivered on Fridays.
                                                                     You must be a resident to access this service and meet eligibility.
Cost:   Average cost for a three course meal is $7.50 for
                                                                     Fees apply. For more information, contact City of Melbourne on
        eligible clients.
                                                                     (03) 9658 9542 or visit the City of Melbourne website.
Who:    Clients need to be eligible for either the Home
        and Community Care Program for Younger People
        (HACC PYP) or the Community Home Support Program
        (CHSP). Available for people who are unable to prepare
        meals at home.
For more information, contact City of Melbourne
on (03) 9658 9542 or visit the City of Melbourne website
melbourne.vic.gov.au
Food rescue
How do you donate Food?
If you’d like to donate
food, please contact the
services directly to find
out their specific donation
requirements.
There are also larger
organisations that
collect surplus food for
human consumption.
The following is a list of
collectors that provide this
service within the City of
Melbourne.

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Who                                          What

Fareshare                                    FareShare is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues food to fight

                                                                                                                         abbottsford
1-7 South Audley Street, Abbottsford, 3067   hunger. It collects quality food that would otherwise be wasted from
(9428 0044                                   Melbourne businesses such as food wholesalers, retailers and caterers.
fareshare.net.au                             Volunteers in FareShare’s kitchen use this food to prepare healthy,
Contact: Kellie Watson                       nutritious meals that they distribute to over 100 charities providing
                                             emergency food relief for the hungry and for people experiencing
                                             homelessness.

Foodbank Victoria                            Foodbank collects and accepts food donations from anyone in the
                                             supply chain that is fit for human consumption. This includes products

                                                                                                                         yarraville
4/2 Somerville Road, Yarraville, 3013
9362 8300                                    that for one reason or another can’t enter the retail chain. They receive
info@foodbankvictoria.org.au                 a variety of stock, including top quality, end-of-line, mislabelled and
foodbankvictoria.org.au                      overrun stock.

OZ Harvest Melbourne                         OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia,

                                                                                                                         port melbourne
850 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne, 3207     collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering
9999 5070                                    it direct to more than 900 charities who support people in need
melbourne.info@ozharvest.org                 across Australia.
ozharvest.org

Second Bite                                  SecondBite breaks down barriers to people’s access of healthy food

                                                                                                                         kensington
73 McClure Road, Kensington, 3031            by working with more than 1200 community food programs across
1800 263 283                                 Australia to redistribute rescued food to those who need it most.
admin@secondbite.org
secondbite.org
Contact: Jim Mullan
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