Posted on December 16, 2016 in News

Over the Christmas Holiday period many of the agencies that provide food assistance will be closed or have changed their opening times.

The agencies below have indicated that they will have some food assistance available during the Christmas Holiday period. Please note a number of the services will only support those in need from their local area or may have other requirements (like a healthcare card).

Organisation Holiday Schedule More Info
The Salvation Army Northside Geelong

92 Cox Road, Corio

Will be closed from12.00pm Friday, 23 December and not reopen until 9:00am Tuesday, 3 January.


From 3-6 January only emergency food parcels will be available.


The centre will reopen fully and provide regular appointments from 9 January.


Anyone who is in crisis and lives in the Northern Suburbs up to Ballarat Road, North Geelong is welcome to access a food parcel from the 3-6 January during opening hours (~ 9.00am-2.30pm).
Ocean Grove Uniting Church – Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Corner of Eggleston Street and The Parade, Ocean Grove

Will operate every Friday night at 6.15 pm. This includes the following Fridays over the Christmas holiday:


·         Friday, 23 December 2016

·         Friday, 30 December 2016.


For Pension and or Health Care card holders from the local area.
Christchurch Community Meals Program

Christchurch Parish Hall at the corner of Moorabool and Lt Myers streets

Will operate for Breakfast every day and Evening Meals on Mondays and Wednesdays over the Christmas holiday.


The emergency cupboard in the church will be open from 12 – 2 on weekdays excluding Public Holidays.


Geelong Food Relief Centre

8 Freedman Street, North Geelong 3215
Phone: 5278 6588

Both the Smythe Street, Geelong and Freedman Street, North Geelong locations will be closed from Friday, 23 December and not reopen until 10:00am Monday, 9 January.


The Centre will however, be providing two Free Food days at the Freedman, North Geelong location during this period:


·         Friday 30 December (12-2pm)

·         Friday 6 January (10am-12pm) Geelong location.

Information about the Free Food Days will also be posted on the Centre’s Facebook page



The following organisations have indicated that they will be closed during the Christmas Holiday and will not be providing any services during the times indicated: 

Organisation Holiday Schedule Other Notes

153 Pakington Street,

Geelong West   VIC   3218


Will be closed from 12pm Wednesday, 21 December and not reopen until Monday, 9 January.



Neither financial counselling nor emergency relief will be available during this time.


In the event of financial counselling issues people can call Money Help on 1800 007 007

Drysdale Family Support

276-290 Jetty Rd, Drysdale VIC 3222

Will be closed from Wednesday, 21 December and not reopen until Tuesday, 10 January 2017.


Once reopened appointments can be made by calling 52532099 – if the office is unattended, please leave a message. Please note you must live in the local area to access services.


St Vincent de Paul Society Geelong

All Geelong and Regional locations


The Welfare and call assistance office and all Conferences in the Geelong and Regional areas will be closed from 12pm Friday, 16 December and not reopen until 9.00am Monday 16 January 2017.


St Mary’s Parish Food Pantry

150 Yarra St Geelong 3220 VIC Australia


Will be closed from Saturday, 24 December and not reopen until Tuesday, 10 January.


UnitingCare Geelong – Grovedale Office

272 Torquay Rd Grovedale VIC 3216


Will be closed from Monday, 12 December and not reopen until Thursday 12 January.


UnitingCare Geelong – Norlane Office

10 Wendover Ave Norlane VIC 3214

Will be closed from Tuesday 13 December and not reopen until Thursday 12 January.