Emergency food relief in Yarra

Food relief packages being prepared by Open Table including fresh fruit and vegetables in the foreground

Yarra Council and Yarra Libraries are providing food relief options for residents who need them. These include food packages and pre-made frozen meals.

These options will be available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns and recovery. Please bring a bag to any of the following centres.

Collingwood Senior Citizens Centre on Mondays from 10am to 12pm and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. 

This provides a variety of ready-made frozen meals for international students and visa holders. However, the offer will be open to anyone in need.

All meals will be free and will look to have vegetarian, meat and halal options to cater to dietary requirements.

Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library on Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm.

In partnership with Kinfolk, Yarra Libraries are able to provide ready-made frozen meals for international students.

All meals will be free and will have halal, vegetarian and vegan options available.

Due to current demands, meals are limited to 6 per person. Book your place through Eventbrite.

Napier Street near Atherton Gardens on the second Friday of the month from 2pm to 4pm.

Market will begin Friday 14 January 2022.
2022 Dates: 11 February, 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October

This provides a variety of pre-packed food parcels with fresh fruit, vegetables and some pantry essentials. The market is subject to density limits and COVID-19 restrictions.

If restrictions are in place, all items will be pre-packaged. Always follow the directions of staff.

During periods of lockdown market runs 12.30-2pm, subject to change without notice.

Food Relief Providers:

Below is a list of local community organisations in Yarra who can further support our residents with various kinds of food relief. Please click on the link to go to the providers webpage for more information and contact details.

Support for older people and people with a disability:

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders:

Support for Asylum Seekers

Reduced cost fresh groceries

Emergency relief packs

If you are experiencing hardship directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for support from the Victorian Government.

Call the Victorian Government 24-hour COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

For more Victorian Government information visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.

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