Posted on March 20, 2020 in News

We know that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating added stress for many who need emergency food relief in Geelong.

The Victorian State Government announced a new effort to provide emergency relief packages for vulnerable Victorians needing to self-quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19). These packages contain only the basics for people who do not have access to a support network or alternative means of obtaining supplies such as on-line delivery. All requests will be assessed on need and urgency, prioritising those in greatest need. Wherever possible, they are asking all Victorians to arrange for family or friends who are not required to be self-isolated to get food or necessities for you. If you are, however  in urgent need and don’t have a support network who can help you, you can call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit HERE to learn more.

There are also many organisations that provide food assistance in the local Geelong region. Some, however, have made changes to their services due to COVID-19. Below is current information (last updated 24 June 2020) about who, how, when and where food assistance is available in the Geelong region.

Due to changing conditions and your health and safety we encourage you to call ahead before going out to access emergency food relief.

Agency What Address Phone When
ADRA Share Kitchen – Meals Prepared Meals available as takeaway only. 6 Little Myers Street, Geelong Thursdays from 4:30pm
ADRA Share Kitchen – Parcels and Vouchers Food parcels and vouchers available (with limits) 5222 1153 for parcels

0491 846 136 for vouchers

Call to request assistance
Anglesea Foodlink Food parcels for Anglesea and Aireys Inlet residents. c/o Anglesea & District Community House, 5 McMillan St, Anglesea Phone 5263 2116

Message via Anglesea Community House

Please contact the Community House Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Apco Foundation Care Packs that provide one week’s essential groceries (worth about $100) including toilet paper, pasta, rice, eggs, canned vegetables and more. To be eligible to receive a Care Pack you must live within a 20km radius of an APCO Service Stations store (local store locations include: North Geelong, East Geelong, South Geelong, Newcomb, Highton, Grovedale, Barwon Heads and Lara) phone 1800 595 517

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Contact via email of phone to request a Care Pack. Care Pack will be delivered to your home.
Bellarine Living and Learning Centres Already prepared Food Parcels made up of non-perishable items and frozen prepared meals for those who live in the Whittington and 3219 community. 20 Worden Court, Whittington mobile 0401 082 420 office phone 5248 1926

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Pick up Wednesdays 10:30am – 2:00pm.

Bethany Community Support – Emergency Relief Help for low and fixed-income individuals and families who are in financial crisis and who  need immediate assistance for a short period of time with items including food relief in the form of Vouchers (grocery store). 03 52788122 or  via email Appointments will be over the phone.
Catholic Care – Geelong Family Resource Centre Offers financial or material aid to assist people experiencing financial hardship.  Includes food vouchers (grocery store). 0428 898 645 Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00-4:00pm and Friday 9:00am-1:00pm. Call mobile number to book an appointment. Conducting assessments by phone. Vouchers delivered as e-vouchers.
Christ Church Community Meals – Breakfast Program Prepared Meals available as takeaway only. Corner of Moorabol and McKillop Streets, Geelong 5221 8055 Breakfast everyday 7:30-9:00am
Christ Church Community Meals – Dinner Program Prepared Meals available as takeaway only. Corner of Moorabol and McKillop Streets, Geelong 5221 8055 Dinner Monday and Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Christ Church Community Meals – Parcels Food Parcels of non-perishable items only – limiting number of items in parcels to 10 items Corner of Moorabol and McKillop Streets, Geelong 5221 8055 Monday to Friday 12:00—2:00pm (except Public Holidays)
Cottage by the Sea Heat-at-home meals and essential toiletries for vulnerable residents of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. 5258 1663 or email If you need help with essential toiletries or nourishing meals please contact by phone or email.
Drysdale Family Support Food Bank Food Pantry available to Bellarine Residents only. Note clients now must live Leopold east to the end of the Peninsula and down to Barwon Heads and east to Queenscliffe to be eligible to receive services. 276 Jetty Road, Curlewis 5253 2099 Arranged appointments for current clients to pick up food. Short in person or phone interviews for new clients.
Feed Me Bellarine Turns leftover food into nutritious meals and delivers to people in need across the Bellarine Peninsula
24 Sinclair St
Ocean Grove, Victoria
0422 798 791

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Call, email or message on facebook with details
Feed Me Surf  Coast Turns leftover food into nutritious meals and delivers to people in need in the Surf Coast 0422 441 205

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Call, email or message on facebook with details
Lazarus Community Centre Drop in Centre that provides Lunch and access to laundry and shower facilities 202 Myers Street, Geelong 0439 140 100 Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm.

Lunch served at 12 noon.

Loaves and Fishes – Ocean Grove Uniting Church Food pantry (fruit and vegetables, bread and pantry staples. Corner Eggleston St & The Parade, Ocean Grove Closed until further notice
Manifold Heights Baptist Food Service Food parcels (non-perishables) to local (5km radius) families in need. 163 Shannon Ave, Manifold Heights Last delivery 25 March. Closed until further notice.
Norlane Community Initiatives – People’s Pantry Food Pantry for members. Members must be 3214 residents. $15 fee and volunteering duties required for 6-month membership 4-8 Spruhan Ave., Norlane 5278 6171 Wednesday 2-3pm. Making up parcels for members to collect during this time (instead of being able to select own items).
Norlane Community Initiatives – Longroom Dinner Prepared Meals available and pantry packs available to 3214 residents. 4-8 Spruhan Ave., Norlane 5278 6171 Mondays

Meals delivered directly to homes.

OneCare Geelong Prepared Meals and pantry item parcels available to pick up. 61 Candover St, Geelong West Mobile: 0481 445 057

Online form

Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-12:00pm for pick up.

Delivery no longer available.

Planet Shakers Geelong/Empower Open food pantry with items including staple non-perishables, fruit and veg, baby essentials, kitchen and household items and toiletries. 147 Marshalltown Road, Grovedale

(Food Pantry can be accessed from the back of the building, look for signage or people to direct you)
Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm
Portarlington Food Assistance Food pantry of non-perishables, bread, fruit & veg; only for residents of 3223 postcode St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 111 Newcombe Street (near corner of Fisher Street), Portarlington 5258 6140 Wednesday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
St Andrews Foodshare Emergency Food Parcels for the Corio community and surrounding suburbs including Bell Post Hill, Norlane, Lovely Banks, North Shore etc. One parcel per household per month, 12 per year. 108 Bacchus Marsh Road, Corio 0451 095 881 or 5275 4597 Tuesday – Friday 10:00am-3:00pm
St Mary’s Parish Pantry Food assistance for Centrelink card holders, refugees and those referred by other registered welfare agencies. 150 Yarra St, Geelong (Roller Door) 5222 1977 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00-3:00pm
St Vincent de Paul Society Food parcels and/or vouchers and other support and welfare assistance. No longer going into homes. Once a request for a visit is received by Call Centre, clients will be phoned to understand assistance needed and food parcel can be left at front door or vouchers left in mailbox or other arranged spot. Geelong Welfare Call Centre 5221 9170 Call Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays) 9:00am-12:00pm to request assistance
Sikh Community of Greater Geelong Food Relief Program Cooked vegetarian only meals seniors, international students, those who have self-isolated, others in need and healthcare workers. 25 Arunga Ave., Norlane Email for more information Sunday and Wednesday, 5:00-7:00pm

Pick up from Gurudwara Sahib Geelong – delivery no longer available. To book a meal Text 0423 069 194 with name, phone number with food quantity needed (please mention any special dietary requirements) prior to 2:00pm on day of pickup.

Spare Meals Geelong Private home collection of frozen meals and pantry items from Corio or Newcomb PM via Facebook Temporarily closed until further notice as of 16 March 2020.
The Aviary Cafe Social Enterprise offering Pantry Staples Boxes ($20) and prepared meals for purchase (for example Small dinner (feeds 2) $10, Large dinner (feeds 5) $20) 45-49 Robin Ave, Norlane Order online or PM via Facebook page Monday to Friday – must pre-order, delivery only.

Place your order before 3pm Monday to Thursday for delivery (NO pick-up available) between 3pm-5pm the following day (or Monday if ordered Friday).

The fOrT Youth Centre Cooked and packaged meals for young people ages 12-25 to take away.

Young people can also engage with online activities and recipes videos through @fortgeelong (Facebook page) or search through Facebook using the title The fOrT.
Cnr St Georges Road and Princes Highway, Stead Park, Corio 5274 9074 Monday and Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
The Salvation Army – Colac Pantry items (selected by clients) and vouchers (grocery). 100 Broomfield Street, Colac 5231 1178 Pantry items available by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am-2:00pm

Vouchers available by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am-2:00pm

The Salvation Army – Northside Geelong Community Centre Food Vouchers, Food Parcels and other support 92-96 Cox Road, Corio 5275 7771

Also check facebook page for announcements re: food available for pickup

Monday – Friday 9.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm. Call to arrange an appointment or food pick-up. Appointments conducted over the phone.
The Salvation Army – Doorways Food Vouchers (for use at Geelong Food Relief Centre) and other support 28 Bellarine Street, Geelong 5223 9200 Monday to Friday 9am-3:00pm. Call to book an appointment.
The Outpost Prepared meals as takeaway – asking attendees to enter space one at a time to receive meal to maintain safe distance Corner of Clare Street and Transit Place, Geelong Closed until further notice from 3:00pm 24 March 2020
Torquay FoodAid Food parcels which provide a range of healthy staple foods based on availability, including milk, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned food and other donated items. Torquay Christian Fellowship building, 2 Pimelea Drive, Torquay

It’s the old Surf Coat Shire Office of Grossmans Rd, Torquay

Please make contact by an SMS to 0409 614 630 or by email. Wednesday -time to pick up arranged when you make contact
Uniting Barwon – Grovedale Food Vouchers (for use at  Geelong Food Relief Centre) and other support 272 Torquay Rd. (corner Reserve and Torquay Rds), Grovedale 4210 1100 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:00pm.

Call to book an appointment. Appointments now being conducted by phone. Providing vouchers and prepackaged parcels.

Uniting Barwon – Norlane Food Vouchers (for use at  Geelong Food Relief Centre) and other support 10 Wendover Avenue, Norlane 5278 8492 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am-12:00pm.

Call to book an appointment. Appointments now being conducted by phone. Providing vouchers and prepackaged parcels.

Uniting Barwon – Winchelsea Food Vouchers (for use at  IGA Supermarket) and other support 34 Hesse Street, Winchelsea (Hall next to Church) 0419 535 490 Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm.

Call to book an appointment. Appointments now being conducted by phone. Providing vouchers and prepackaged parcels.

Welcome Place Drop-in Centre for vulnerable people in Geelong who are seeking asylum, or who have only temporary protection in Australia, services includes a foodbank Wesley Church Geelong, 100 Yarra Street, Geelong 0437 439 667 Program suspended for at least 3 weeks from Friday 20 March.