Given the current coronavirus crisis, most/all of these meals will not actually be happening at the moment, or will have become takeaway only.
Click here to view a map of where all the meals are.
Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, at 20 Princes Street, Carlton North, have a community lunch every Thursday (excluding summer holidays), starting 12.45pm. As they say on their website: “share a healthy home-cooked lunch and chat with fellow community members and CNLC staff“
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.“
Whittlesea Community House, at 92A Church Street, have three community meals. Big Blokes Brunch is on every Tuesday, 11.30am-1pm (gold coin donation; “Great for blokes who are new to the area or who want to find out what is on offer in Whittlesea for the lads.“). What’s Cooking, for women, is on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month during term times, midday-1.30pm ($2 donation; “Explore new foods, share recipes, a laugh and lunch. Activities and guest speakers. Well behaved children welcome.“). A lunch for war widows is on the 2nd Monday of the month, 11am-12.30 pm.
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 organise around 10 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, 3rd Thursday, 12.30-1.30pm.
- Carlton North, Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes Street, 1st Saturday, 1-2pm.
- Coburg, Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House, 104A Reynard Street, every other Friday during school terms, 12.30-1.30pm.
- Fawkner, Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre, 77 Jukes Road, every other Saturday, 1-2pm.
- Fitzroy North, Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, 82-186 St Georges Road, every Saturday, 1-2pm.
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.“
Brunswick Uniting Church, at 212-214 Sydney Road, Brunswick, have a community lunch every Wednesday, starting 12.30pm, where the cook provides a home style, two course meal.
FoodStop, Discovery Community Care (Lilydale) 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!“
New Horizons Church, 28 Forest Street, Whittlesea, have a community lunch every Wednesday, starting at midday. As they say on their website: “providing a comfortable and welcoming environment where one can receive wholesome meals and friendship. Succulent soups please the palate in Winter and, in Summer, savouries are the order of the day.” The kitchen serves around 25-30 people each week.
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 (Croydon), at 5 Toorak Avenue, Croydon, have a community dinner every Tuesday, starting at 6pm, and every Wednesday, starting at 5.30pm.
St Paul’s Anglican Church (Ringwood), at 40 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, have a community lunch every Monday, midday-2pm. As they say on their website: “A team of volunteers provide a light lunch of soup and rolls … Food parcels are also given out from donations of food items from the parish.“
Thornbury Church of Christ, at 390-398 St Georges Road, Thornbury, have a community lunch every 4th Sunday, midday-1pm. There is a choice between roast meat or vegetarian and they like people to pre-order as it helps with numbers.
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 Coburg and Collingwood. The two sites in North East Melbourne are:
- Coburg, outside of Coburg Library, every Wednesday, starting 6.30pm.
- Collingwood, Collingwood Neighborhood House, every Tuesday, 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.
Mitcham Community Meal provides a community dinner every Sunday at 18 Edward Street, Mitcham, starting at 6pm. “Each Sunday night, a different local club, business, or church group provides and serves a meal to people in the Mitcham community.“
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.