Free meals and groceries for international students in Victoria

International students who are struggling to pay for their food and groceries can access free and healthy food at Foodbank’s International Student Pop-Up Store. The Victorian Government has provided $1 million in funding to SecondBite, Foodbank Victoria and OzHarvest to provide free food and meals to international students in Victoria who are doing it tough. Keep an eye on our social media or visit the websites listed below for updates on other pop-up stores.

Find out how these organisations can help you:

Local council areas - supporting resources

Many local councils across Melbourne and Victoria have developed resources that link community members with information about food relief and support services available during this pandemic.  You can visit their websites below for more information.

Local Council

Information

Ballarat

Food assistance: City of Ballarat and Federation University have established a community food pantry for university students experiencing food insecurity.

City of Ballarat has also established a referral process for community members experiencing food access issues. Contact Customer Service on (03) 5320 5500.

Bayside

Hampton Community Centre is working with the International Student Co-ordinator of Holmesglen Institute of TAFE to deliver meals to international students

Casey

COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief, including some services and community support available regardless of visa category.

Darebin

COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief, including some services and community support available regardless of visa category.

Port Phillip

A guide to food, meals, parcels and vouchers in view of food emergency.

Kingston

Community Support Hotline to offer information and support during the COVID-19 crisis: 1300 653 356.

It offers information and connects callers with local support services including: emergency food aid, home support services, financial counselling/assistance, family violence support, mental health services.

Highett Neighbourhood Community House is working with the International Student Coordinator of Holmesglen Institute of TAFE to deliver meals to international students.

Geelong Geelong City Council coronavirus information
Food Geelong - a list of organisations providing emergency foof relief in Geelong

Maribyrnong

For specific information on food, financial and health resources, contact the COVID-19 special line: (03) 9688 0434

COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief, including some services and community resources available regardless of visa category.

Maroondah

Information on food relief and financial assistance.

Melbourne

The City of Melbourne provides a range of services, advice and support for international students.

Moreland

COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief, including some services and community resources available regardless of visa category.

Merri Health offers support services including victim assistance and counselling program, family services, integrated family violence service, relationship and family therapy and generalist counselling services.

Northern Community Legal Centre provides confidential and free legal advice for Housing and rental rights, Employment, Debt, Fines, Accessing financial support and more.

By appointment - (03) 9310 4376 or admin@northernclc.org.au

Whittlesea

Whittlesea Community Connections – emergency relief (food, bills, housing, transport, medical expenses) and casework, contact 9401 6644

Catholic Care – food vouchers, material aid, financial/bill support, contact 8468 1305

Country Wide Community Missions – food hampers, contact 0411 394 494

Encompass Care Victoria – food hampers & material aid, contact 0400 465 207

Essential Indian Groceries - Sikh Community – essential Indian groceries, contact 0476 850 607 (text only)

From Us 2 You – food hampers, contact 0412 042 069

Infinity Church – Community Meals Kitchen – food hampers, contact 0409 354 633

Mill Park Baptist – The Shak – meals (drive through pick-up only), contact 0400 072 933

St Vincent De Paul – food hampers, material aid, financial/bill support, contact 1800 305 330

The Salvation Army – food hampers, material aid, financial/bill support, contact 9436 9200

Vittle Feast Project – food boxes/groceries, contact 0420 821 646

Community support and food relief

Additionally, there are many Victorian community organisations who are providing assistance to vulnerable people who have been impacted by the pandemic. Please find a list of these organisations below. To find out more, click their name to visit their website.

Victoria WideMelbourne and Inner CBDOuter Eastern AreaSouth East AreaOuter Western/South Western Area

Organisation

Services they provide

Location 

Victoria Wide

Community Information & Support Victoria (CISVic) 

Information, referral and support services including Emergency Relief (food vouchers and food, assistance with bills and medicines).

Various

Empower Australia 

Emergency food relief on Sundays from 10.30am – 3.00 pm

Southbank, Lower Plenty, Ringwood, Pakenham, Geelong

The Salvation Army 

Food, clothing and financial assistance

Various

Anglicare Victoria

Food and financial assistance

Various

St Vincent de Paul 

Soup vans at many locations providing food, clothing, emergency housing and material aid, financial assistance and general support

Various

Helping Hands Mission

Food and material aid including white goods, bedding and other household essentials

Various

Adventist Disaster Relief Agency 

Food and grocery items

Various

Vallabh Youth Organisation 

Food and grocery items

Various

The Global Hindu Association for Reform and Sustainable Society (GHARS) 

Food

Various

COVID-19 Support for Bangladeshi community 

Food

Various

Melbourne Bangladeshi Community 

Food

Various

Nepalese Association (NRN) Australia 

Food

Various

Sacred Heart Mission

Food

Various

Kasih Project

Clothing, warm bedding and food
Various

IndianCare

Free support, information, guidance, referrals and resources Various

Melbourne and Inner CBD

Church of All Nations 

Emergency relief, a food bank and market program

Carlton

St Mary’s House of Welcome 

Food

Fitzroy

Anonymous X

Clothing, sanitary and essential items.

Port Melbourne

OzHarvest VIC 

Food

Port Melbourne

Father Bob's Community Pantry 

Food

South Melbourne

Christ Church Community Centre 

Food

St Kilda

Food Without Borders 

Food and grocery items

Thornbury

Hare Krishna Food for Life

Vegetarian meals: Call 0438 716 335.

Port Phillip Area

Muslim Women's Council of Victoria

Halal food and grocery items

Brunswick

Ayam Goreng Street

Free food for international students - need to book ahead. Call Chris on 0422678500
Every Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30pm- 7:30pm
501 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 
Melbourne

La Tienda

Colombian cuisine Tuesdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Must register: hola@latienda.com.au
268 High Street, Windsor
Windsor

Berbeo Bros

Colombian food available every fortnight, must register online.
100 meals available, delivered every Wednesday fortnight at your home at no cost, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
South Melbourne

Hecho en Mexico

Available every day from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Fitzroy

Tian 38

Meals each Wednesday. Melbourne

Common Ground Café

Meals daily contact Anthony 0412118226 / 93281094 text or call
From 10:00am – 1:00pm
225 Victoria Street, West Melbourne
West Melbourne

Aunty Franklee

Meals Wednesday and Sunday from 5:00pm
Call Aunty Franklee on 0398186719
64 Burwood  Road, Hawthorn
Hawthorn

Klang & Co

Meals every Saturday from 3:00pm
Call Sunny on 0412839828
Shop 8, 672 Glenferrie Rod, Hawthorn
Hawthorn

Hindu Council of Australia (Victoria)

Food and crisis support Albert Park

Outer Eastern Area

Uniting Wesley 

Support for people at risk of homelessness, facing tenancy issues. Assistance for residents in the Maroondah and Maribyrnong communities with emergency relief, such as food and financial aid.

Various

New Hope Community Care Inc 

Food and toiletries

Blackburn

Gurdwara Sahib Blackburn 

Food and grocery items

Blackburn

Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service

Food, clothing and financial assistance

Dandenong Ranges

South East Area 

Cornerstone Contact Centre 

Material aid and crisis assistance

Dandenong

Dandenong Community Support Services 

Food, clothing and financial assistance

Dandenong, Doveton, Noble Park

Warong Mummy

Meals daily (except Tuesday) 11.00am - 8.00pm
Call Arif 0401 644 480
282 Springvale Road, Springvale
Springvale

La Glamz Cafe

Meals every day except Mondays From 11.00am- 7:00pm, call Sheila on 0407099364
51 Buckley Street, Noble Park
Noble Park

Jonker Street Restaurant

Meals every Tuesday – Friday 4:00pm, call 0388214763
51 CenterWay, Mount Waverley
Mount Waverly

Outer Western/South Western Area

Laverton Community Services Inc 

Food and grocery items

Laverton

Australian Multicultural Community Services 

Food and financial assistance

Maidstone

Resergence

Food and grocery items

Melton

Comfort Care Foundation 

Please contact the charity to find out what services they provide

Point Cook

JJ’s Community Support

Support, including care packs with some food and health/hygiene products for international students struggling due to the COVID pandemic.

Reservoir

Indo Eats Restaurant

Meals every Wednesday from 5:00pm, call Aladin on 0423776073
126 Watton Street, Werribee
Werribee