Free meals and groceries for international students in Victoria

The Victorian Government has provided more than $1 million to provide free food and meals to international students in Victoria.

If you need assistance with free meals or food voucher use Ask Izzy to find out about food aid available in your local area.

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



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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


Information on food relief and financial assistance.


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


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


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


Services they provide


Victoria Wide

Community Information & Support Victoria (CISVic) 

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


Empower Australia 

Emergency food relief

  • CITY - 412 City Road,Southbank VIC
    Sundays 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • ·NORTH EAST - 360 Main Road,Lower Plenty VIC
    Sundays 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • EAST- 251 Maroondah Hwy,Ringwood VIC
    Sundays 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • SOUTH EAST - RCS Products, 12 Bormar Drive, Pakenham VIC
    Sundays 8.30am – 10.30am
  • GEELONG - Rear of 147 Marshalltown Road,Grovedale VIC
    Sundays 9.00am – 11.00am

Southbank, Lower Plenty, Ringwood, Pakenham, Geelong

The Salvation Army 

Food, clothing and financial assistance


Anglicare Victoria

Food and financial assistance


St Vincent de Paul 

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


Helping Hands Mission

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


Adventist Disaster Relief Agency 

Food and grocery items


Vallabh Youth Organisation 

Food and grocery items


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



COVID-19 Support for Bangladeshi community 



Melbourne Bangladeshi Community 



Nepalese Association (NRN) Australia 



Sacred Heart Mission



Kasih Project

Clothing, warm bedding and food


Free support, information, guidance, referrals and resources Various

Melbourne and Inner CBD

Church of All Nations 

Emergency relief, a food bank and market program


St Mary’s House of Welcome 



Anonymous X

Clothing, sanitary and essential items.

Port Melbourne

OzHarvest VIC 


Port Melbourne

Father Bob's Community Pantry 


South Melbourne

Christ Church Community Centre 


St Kilda

Food Without Borders 

Food and grocery items


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


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.


New Hope Community Care Inc 

Food and toiletries


Gurdwara Sahib Blackburn 

Food and grocery items


Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service

Food, clothing and financial assistance

Dandenong Ranges

South East Area 

Cornerstone Contact Centre 

Material aid and crisis assistance


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


Australian Multicultural Community Services 

Food and financial assistance



Food and grocery items


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.