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.

GeelongGeelong 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.

Whittlesea

Whittlesea Community Connections – emergency relief and casework support, contact 9401 6644

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

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 

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  

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