They operate a food relief program, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2.30-5pm. The produce available includes sourdough bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen pre-cooked meals and various pantry items. Anyone can come.
They are thankful to their regular suppliers, including Northcote Bakeshop, Bridge Darebin, Brumby’s Bakery Strathmore, SecondBite, Foodbank Victoria, The Billy Cart Bread Co., Kneadful Things – Artisan Bakery, and Kinfolk & Northcote Lions Club.
There is a free community meal on the 4th Sunday of every month, midday-1pm (takeaway only during the pandemic). There are both roast meat and vegetarian options. They ask people to pre-order as it helps with numbers.
There is a pantry (Smith St Community Pantry), which is open 24/7 and is accessible from the footpath on the Smith Street side of the church property. Give what you can and take only what you need. As well as unopened non-perishable food, it often contains bread and garden produce plus toiletries and cleaning products. It is open for donations. Although it is located on the church premises, it is managed by local neighbours and friends who keep it clean and check it from day to day.
The pantry has its own Facebook page.
Most recently, they opened Think Local Community Cafe, which is a social enterprise business in the form of a mobile coffee cart that is open Monday to Friday, 6.30am-2pm. It will hopefully generate more funds to begin a weekly evening meal in the future.