Click here to view a map of where all the meals are.
Reservoir Neighbourhood House, at 2B Cuthbert Road, Reservoir, have a community lunch on the 4th Wednesday of every month, starting midday. As they say on their website: “‘Jen the chef’ makes some beautiful meals which always includes a main and dessert. Why not come down and join in, eat something beautiful and have a chat with some new friends.“
Span Community House (Thornbury), at 64 Clyde Street, Thornbury, have a community lunch on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting 12.30pm. As they say on their website: “A two course home cooked meal is shared in our dining room with other friendly community members. Come along for company, conversation and support. A great opportunity to find out what’s available in your neighbourhood.“
The Bridge (Preston), at 218 High Street, Preston, have a community meal every Friday, starting at midday. As they say on their website: “Come for a yummy lunch and stay for the conversation and activities.“
Open Table “take surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste“. They do 7 community lunches each month in various neighbourhood houses (there are some months when some of the meals don’t happen so check their Facebook events page before going):
- Brunswick, Brunswick Neighbourhood House, 43A DeCarle Street, 1st Thursday, starting 12.30pm.
- Carlton North, Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes Street, 4th Saturday, starting 1pm.
- Coburg, Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House, 104A Reynard Street, 3rd Friday, starting 12.30pm.
- Coburg North, Newlands Community House, 20 Murray Road, 1st Wednesday, starting 12.30pm.
- Fawkner, Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre, 77 Jukes Road, 2nd Saturday, starting 1pm.
- Fitzroy, Atherton Gardens, 125 Napier Street, 3rd Sunday, starting 1pm.
- Richmond, Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House, 9 Belgium Avenue, 3rd Saturday, starting 1pm.
All Saints Anglican Church (Greensborough), at 14 Church Street, Greensborough, have a community lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, starting midday. As they say on their website: “Whether you’re a local worker, live locally, are a church member or just looking for a place to have a meal – we welcome you to our monthly Community Meal. Our desire is to create a safe space for all people to connect, be encouraged and feel cared for as a valued member of our local community.“
FoodStop, Discovery Community Care have a community dinner every Thursday, starting at 7pm. It is at Lilydale Showgrounds, Main Street, Lilydale (most weeks) and The Chapel, 42-44 Castella Street, Lilydale (mid May to mid September). As they say on their website: “FoodStop creates a safe and positive environment for those needing a meal and/or social interaction.“
Mill Park Baptist Church, at ‘The Shak’, 11 Mill Park Drive, Mill Park, have a community lunch every Saturday, starting at 1pm. As they say on their website: “Come and enjoy a meal with us! Welcoming the homeless, people with dependencies, struggling families, asylum seekers, refugees, people with disabilities and anyone who just wants a good meal and a chat!“
Ringwood Knox Lutheran Parish, at 55-57 Wantirna Road, Ringwood, have a community dinner every Sunday, starting at 5pm. As they say on their website: “Our team of 50 to 60 volunteers continues to prepare a simple, delicious and healthy two-course meal for whoever walks through our doors.“
St John the Divine Anglican Church, at 5 Toorak Avenue, Croydon, have a community dinner every Tuesday, starting at 6pm, and every Wednesday, starting at 5.30pm.
Food Not Bombs Melbourne is part of a worldwide movement that cooks and distributes vegan organic food to anyone and everyone, without restriction. It bases itself in Brunswick, gathers leftover organic fruit and vegetables from Queen Victoria Market and elsewhere, gives some to worthy causes, then cooks up the rest and serves it on the streets of Fitzroy, Coburg and Footscray. The three sites in North East Melbourne are:
- Fitzroy, corner of Brunswick and Gertrude streets, every Tuesday, starting 7.30pm.
- Coburg, outside of Coburg Library, every Thursday, starting 7.30pm.
Food Not Bombs Melbourne would welcome more people to help them cook the meals (you can cook what you like or help someone else cook). The cooking takes place at 5 Pitt Street, Brunswick, starting 2 hours before the serving times.
The Salt Foundation (Heidelberg West) provides a community dinner every Friday (except the 3rd Friday of each month and public holidays) at St Pius X Primary School, Heidelberg West, starting around 6pm.