Posted on December 13, 2017 in News

Over the Christmas/Summer Holiday period in December and January many of the agencies that provide food assistance will be closed or have changed their opening times. Below are two tables featuring those that are open/providing limited assistance and those that are closed during this time. This information is also available in a one page flyer. As information varies please read all information carefully to avoid disappointment.

OPEN (possibly with limited capacity): The following agencies have indicated that they will be open in some form during the Christmas Holiday period (particularly between Friday, 22 December 2017 and Monday, 8 January 2018 ). Please note some of the services will only support those in need from their local area or may have other requirements (such as a healthcare card).

Organisation Holiday Schedule More Info
Christchurch Christmas Lunch

Christchurch Parish Hall at the corner of Moorabool and Lt Myers Streets, Geelong VIC 3220

Christmas lunch from 11:30am on Christmas day (Monday 25 December 2017) If possible please pre-book by calling the Parish office at 5221-8055 (please leave a message if no one answers).
Christ Church Community Meals Program

Christchurch Parish Hall at the corner of Moorabool and Lt Myers Streets, Geelong VIC 3220

Will operate for Breakfast every day (7:30-9:00am) and Evening Meals on Mondays and Wednesdays (4:30-6:00pm) over the Christmas holiday period.

 

 The emergency cupboard in the church will be open from 12-2pm on weekdays excluding Public Holidays (Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December 2017 and Monday 1 January, 2018)
Lazarus Community Centre

202 Myers Street, Geelong VIC 3220

Will be closed from 12pm Friday 22 December and will reopen Tuesday 2 January 2018. Drop in centre that provides lunch 12pm, Monday—Friday as well as access to laundry and shower facilities.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Ocean Grove Uniting Church

Corner of Eggleston Street and The Parade,

Ocean Grove VIC 3226

Will be operating every Friday as per usual – 6.00–6.45pm. Food pantry for Pension and or Health Care card holders from the local area.
Manifold Heights Baptist Food Service

163 Shannon Ave, Manifold Heights, VIC 3218

Will be closed Sunday 24 December to Tuesday 2 January 2018 only.  Food parcels to local (5km radius) families in need.
Portarlington Food Assistance Program

Bellarine Community Health, 39 Fenwick Street, Portarlington VIC 3223

Will be closed for one week only (Wednesday December 27). Will open again on Wednesday 3 January 2018.  Food parcels.
Power in You Project, Community Veracity

44-46 Little Fyans Street, South Geelong VIC 3220

Big Christmas Breakfast on Monday 25 December, 8:00am-12:00pm Includes a cooked breakfast, jumping castle, face painting, music, goody bags and food packs. RSVP by 22 December 2017 to Kane 0477 074 007.
SalvoConnect Barwon Community Support Services

28 Bellerine Street, Geelong VIC 3220

 

Will be closed the public holidays only (Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December 2017 and Monday 1 January, 2018) The last day for emergency relief assessment appointments will be Friday 8 December and will not resume until Monday 8 January, 2018. During this time (Monday 11 December to Friday 5 January 2018) emergency relief will be available to walk-ins during office hours Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.
St Mary’s Parish Food Pantry

150 Yarra St, Geelong VIC 3220

Will be closed from Friday, 22 December 2017 and not reopen until Tuesday, 2 January 2018. Food assistance for Centrelink cardholders, refuges and those referred by other registered welfare organisations.
Spare Meals

facebook.com/groups/SpareMeals/

Pick up times negotiable—7 days a week. Message via the facebook page or join the group Facebook group that provides frozen meals in containers as well as pantry items. Maximum of two days of meals/food per household per week
The Outpost

Cnr Clare Street and Transit Place, Geelong VIC 3220

Open for lunch Monday– Friday 11am-2pm EXCEPT Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January, 2018

Open for dinner every day 7:-10pm EXCEPT Monday 25 December and Sunday 31 December.

Urban Seed – The Longroom

4-8 Spruhan Avenue, Norlane VIC 3214

Will have a special Christmas Eve lunch on Sunday 24 December.

 

People can book/RSVP by phoning 5278-6171.

CLOSED: The following agencies have indicated that they will be closed during the Christmas and/or Summer Holiday period (including but not limited to 22 December 2017 to 8 January 2018 ) and will not be providing any food assistance during the times indicated:

Organisation Holiday Schedule Other Notes
Angelsea and Airey’s Inlet Foodlink Will be closed from Thursday 21 December until Thursday, 1 February 2018.
Drysdale Family Support Foodbank

276-290 Jetty Rd, Drysdale VIC 3222

Will be closed from Friday, 22 December 2017 and not reopen until Monday, 8 January 2018.

 

Once reopened appointments can be made by calling 5253 2099. If the office is unattended, please leave a message. Please note you must live in the local area to access services.

 

Geelong Food Relief Centre

8 Freedman Street, North Geelong VIC 3215 and 1 Little Smythe Street, Geelong VIC 3220

Both the Smythe Street, Geelong and Freedman Street, North Geelong locations will be closed from 2pm Wednesday, 20 December and will not reopen until 10am Wednesday, 10 January. Only accepts food vouchers. Vouchers are distributed by local welfare agencies (not Geelong Food Relief Centre).
Lara Food Relief

Holy Trinity Hall, Cnr Flinders Avenue and Curletts Rd, Lara VIC 3212

Will be closed from Tuesday, 19 December 2017 and will reopen Monday, 8 January 2018. Emergency help by appointment only during this period. Contact 5282 6487
OneCare Geelong

61 Candover Street, Geelong West, VIC 3218

Will be closed from Friday, 22 December (last lunch is Christmas lunch on Thursday, 21 December) and will reopen Thursday, 18 January 2018. First lunch of 2018 will be held on Thursday, January 18 at 12pm.
Salvation Army Northside Geelong

92 Cox Road, Corio VIC 3214

Will close at 12 noon on Friday, 22 December and reopen on Tuesday, 9 January 2018. Provides a community meals program (2 course luncheon) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and provides food parcels to those living in the Northern Suburbs (north of Ballarat Road).
St Vincent de Paul Society

Geelong Welfare Office and Call Centre

162 Fyans Street, Geelong VIC 3220

 

Will be closed from 12pm Friday, 15 December and will not re-open until 9am Monday, 15 January 2018. Due to re-modelling of the South Geelong Vinnies store the welfare office is being relocated to another location. On site welfare assistance will no longer be available at any of the Vinnies Stores or the Call Centre. St Vincent de Paul Society will continue home visitation of people requesting assistance. The Call Centre can be reached at 5221 9170.
Torquay Food Aid

Rear house, 39 Puebla Street, Torquay VIC 3228

Will be closed from Friday, 22 December and will re-open on Wednesday, 10 January 10 2018. Will be handing out Christmas Hampers on final day for 2017, Friday, 22 December.

 

Will reopen in 2018 at a new location which is in the rear of the Barwon Health facility, 100 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, access will be through the carport.

UnitingCare Geelong – Grovedale Office

272 Torquay Rd, Grovedale VIC 3216

 

Will be closed from Monday, 11 December 2017 for Emergency relief and not reopen until Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

 

Last day to receive Emergency assistance in 2017 is Friday, 8 December 2017.
UnitingCare Geelong – Norlane Office

10 Wendover Ave, Norlane VIC 3214

Will be closed from Tuesday, 12 December 2017 and not reopen until Thursday, 11 January 2018.

 

Last day to receive Emergency assistance in 2017 is Monday, 11 December 2017.
UnitingCare Geelong – Winchelsea Office

34 Hesse Street, Winchelsea VIC 3241

Will be closed from Friday, 8 December 2017 and not reopen until Thursday, 11 January 2018

 

Last day to receive Emergency assistance in 2017 is Thursday, 7 December 2017.
Urban Seed – The Longroom

4-8 Spruhan Avenue, Norlane 3214

 

Wil be closed from Monday, 18 December and not reopen until Monday, 5 February 2018.

 

Will have a special Christmas Eve lunch on Sunday, 24 December, which people can book/RSVP for by phoning 5278-6171.