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Where to Eat for Free in Melbourne – Part 2

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by Joy (subscribe)
“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published January 13th 2017
Free food and drinks for the ones that need it the most
Where to Eat for Free in Melbourne
North Indian Thaali meal from Garlic Routes restaurant, Calicut, Kerala (Image by Jyothis Thaliath via Wikimedia Commons)

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. — John Bunyan

My first article, Where to Eat for Free in Melbourne, attracted some healthy debate over disseminating information on where to find free food in Melbourne. With the rise in homelessness in our city it is apt to write a sequel to that article in the form of a comprehensive list of organisations that have gone above and beyond to feed the less fortunate. If you are hungry and have little or no money or if you know someone who is in such a situation then this article is for you.

OM Vegetarian restaurant
OM Vegetarian restaurant at 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD is serving free healthy and wholesome meals to anyone in need between 3pm and 5pm everyday. If you will like a free meal you will need to go to the staff at the counter and request a free thaali meal. Tips from customers is funding this wonderful initiative.

Facebook page here.

Pancake Parlour
In summer 2017, Pancake Parlour is offering free food and drinks to people in Victoria when the temperature hits 30 degrees.

Take advantage of this lovely offer by following 4 easy steps:
1. Register your details by filling out the form by going here
2. Print your confirmation email and present along with your photo ID at your preferred Pancake Parlour to collect your #Summerparlour loyalty card
3. Check for announcements on The Pancake Parlour Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the free offer that is redeemable when the temperature hits 30 degrees.
4. Redeem your free offer at The Pancake Parlour by presenting your #Summerparlour loyalty card in-restaurant.

Food vans
There are numerous food vans offering free food in Melbourne. A list of these vans can be found below.

Visit the website here.

Food Van
Queen Victoria Markets (Peel St end)
Sandwiches, assorted hot food, soup
10.30 -11.00 pm every night

Rosie's Van
Flinders Street Station
provides free food, tea, coffee,
Wednesday 8.30 pm-10.30 pm,
Friday 9.15 -11.30 pm.

St Vincent de Paul Soup Van
King William Street (rear Fitzroy Police Station)
Free food and coffee
every night, approx 8.00 pm

Open Family bus
Crn Flinders and Swanston Sts
Free food coffee & tea
Tues, Thu, Sat 9.00-12pm
Matthew Talbot Soup Van
Serves free soup, tea, coffee, and sandwiches every night of the week

All Saints Church (Fitzroy) at 8.00 pm,
Hanover 52 Haig St (Southbank) at 9.45 pm,
Hotham Hotel (cnr Spencer & Flinders Streets at 10.30 pm and
Victoria Market (end of Peel Street at 10.30 -11.00 pm.)

Where to Eat for Free in Melbourne
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Churches and community centres
A list of venues offering free breakfasts, lunches and dinners have been set out below. You can learn more by going to the website here.

St Peter's Church
Corner Gisborne & Albert Streets,
East Melbourne 9662 2400
Breakfast Monday to Saturday -7.30 to 9.30am

Sacred Heart Church
87 Grey Street, St Kilda Pn 9537 1166
Tea, coffee light breakfast 9.30 am - 10.30 am
Lunch: every day, 12 - 1.30 pm

Ozanam Community Centre
268 Abbotsford Street
North Melbourne: Ph 9329 6733
Lunch every day, 12 - 1.00 pm
Dinner: 5.00-6.00 pm Cost $2.50

Collins Street Baptist Church
174 Collins Street, Melbourne
Lunch Tuesday-Friday 12.00-1.00 pm

St Peter's Church
Gisborne & Albert Streets,
East Melbourne Ph: 9662 2400
Breakfast Monday to Saturday
7.30 to 9.30am

St Mary's House of Welcome
165-169 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday
9.00 am, Morning Tea: 10.30 am
Lunch: 12 noon - 1.00 pm
Afternoon Tea: 3.00 pm

Salvation Army Life Centre
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Breakfast & Lunch
T: 9653 3277

Urban Heart
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Drop-in lounge 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Tea & Coffee, light snacks, soup & bread 12.00 noon
T: 9653 3243

More venues
Visit this website to find more free food venues. Further, Saint Jack's provides free lunch every Friday from 11.30am to 1.00pm. Approximately, 10-20 people are served each week with soup, sandwiches, cake, fruit, tea and coffee. There is also provision for breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, jams, and sugar. Learn more by clicking here.

Turning up early at these venues is always a good idea to ensure that you don't miss out.

For those of you who need free food I hope the above list is of some assistance to you.

For those of you who can help, please feel free to donate money to these organisations to support these exemplary, philanthropic endeavours. Also, you can choose to volunteer to assist via non-monetary means.

Lastly, feel free to share the information contained in this article with family, friends and acquaintances because you may not know who could benefit.
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Your Comment
It would be great to also post an article with a current list of organisations that offer food hampers and giftcards - and how regularly people in need can submit a request
by (score: 0|2) 1002 days ago
Also the "Lentils As Anything" restaurants are also available. The food isn't free but you are. You pick your price and they allow you to pay another time or volunteer your hours in exchange. This will help you gain hospo skill you would not normally be able to practise and help you with employment
by layto (score: 0|2) 729 days ago
40 Toolambool Road Carnegie, Wednesday lunch 12pm to 1.30pm. Phone: (03) 8685 8482
Closes over Christmas period.Reopens February in new year.
by red (score: 0|2) 311 days ago
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