2016 free meal services during the Christmas period

Due to popular demand, this year CHP has compiled a list of organisations providing meal services on or around Christmas Day that are available to people experiencing homelessness or feeling isolated. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and will be updated as information of more services comes in. If you have details of a service that’s not listed here please email Cat or Lanie

CBD/Inner Metro

  • Ozanam Community Centre
    Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne)
    No bookings required

  • VincentCare  Christmas Day lunch
    Where: 268 Abbottsford St, North Melbourne
    When: Christmas Day, from 11am – 2pm
    More info: everyone is welcome to this lunch, and no bookings are required. Accessible via the No.57 tram. Santa will also make a visit!
  • Nourish Me Cafe, Richmond
    Where: 131 Burnley St, Richmond
    When: from 12 noon
    More info: a traditional Christmas lunch for up to 50 people so bookings are essential! To reserve a spot please email Helen O’Hagan Helen.ohagan@icloud.com
  • ACSO/St Martin’s
    Where: 215 Wellington St, Collingwood (enter via Otter Street) 
    When: service at 10am, lunch from 12 noon
    More info: please call (03) 9486 9242 for more information. 
  • Sacred Heart Mission
    Where: 87 Grey St, St Kilda
    When: 11.15am – 1.30pm
    More info: no bookings required, this lunch is open to all. The breakfast service will not be running Christmas Day. 
  • Missionary Charities of Fitzroy
    Where: 101 Gore St, Fitzroy
    More info: Mass will be held at 11am, with lunch to follow. No bookings are required. 
  • St Peter’s Eastern Hill 
    Where: 15 Gisborne St, East Melbourne 
    When: breakfast will be served from 7.30am – 9am. Lunch won’t be served on Christmas Day. 


  • St Ignatius Church
    Where: 326 Church St, Richmond
    When: 12 noon – 2pm 
    More info: lunch will be held in the hall behind the church


  • Richmond Salvation Army
    Time: 11.30am
    Location: Cnr Lennox & Garfield St Richmond
    Bookings essential: 9429 2117


  • Collingwood Football Club 
    Where: Victoria Park – Corner Abbot and Luli Streets, Abbotsford 
    When: 12 noon – 3pm
    More info: Apply for tickets at Salvation Army, 69 Bourke St, Melbourne (2nd week of December) for this luncheon
  • Salvation Army Brunch 
    Where: Cargo (meet at Salvation Army 69 Bourke Street – with ticket)
    More info: Apply for tickets at Salvation Army, 69 Bourke St, Melbourne (available from the week of the 15 December)

Northern Metro

  • Darebin City Council 

    Where: Preston City Hall, 284 Gower St, Preston
    When: 11.30am 
    More info: bookings are essential. To register please contact Faten on 8470 8552 or faten.mohamed@darebin.vic.gov.au


  • Infinity Church (South Morang & Ringwood) 
    Where: 5/9 Danaher Drive, South Morang and Suites 3 & 4, 100 New Street Ringwood
    When: South Morang is a Christmas Day service and lunch from 11am, Ringwood is a Christmas eve BBQ and service 
    More info: No bookings required for either location. For details please visit the website.


  • Diamond Valley Uniting Church 
    Where: Cnr Main Hurstbridge Rd and Wensley St, Diamond Creek
    When: from 12 noon 
    More info: all welcome. Assistance with transport may be available. For more information call Diane 9718 2035. 


  • Preston Salvation Army
    Time: 1pm
    Location: 263 Gower St Preston
    Bookings essential: 9478 0694


  • Holy Child Catholic Parish
    Time: 12pm
    Location: Lyda Blundell Centre, Broadmeadows Senior Citizens, 185 Blair St Dallas
    Bookings essential: 9302 3376


  • Plenty Valley Church
    Time: 11am
    Location: Factory 4, 9 Danaher Drive, South Morang
    No booking required, more info contact 9437 7016


Southern Metro 

  • City Life Christmas Lunch 
    Where: The Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston 
    When: 12 noon – 2.30pm 
    More info: entry is by ticket. For more details see the website
  • Bayside Church (Christmas Eve lunch)
    Where: 99-101 Argus St, Cheltenham
    When: Christmas eve, 24th December 11,45am – 2pm 
    More info: Bookings are essential. Please RSVP online by 16th December. For more information please email Jane Foster
  • Unity Place – Hampton Park Uniting Church 
    Where: 1 Coral Drive, Hampton Park
    More info: please contact Vicki 0422 549 084 or Diane 9799 0572.


  • Careworks Outreach Programs
    Where: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall, Woodbine Gve, Chelsea
    When: 12 noon – 2pm
    More info: bookings preferred. Ring Pastor Judi on 0423 375 714. Walk-ins will be accepted on the day and gifts will be provided, including for children!


  • Bayside Church Cheltenham Community
    Time: 12.45pm for 1pm start
    Location: Bayside Church, 99-101 Argus Street, Cheltenham
    Assistance with transport is available
    Bookings Essential: 9585 2455

Western Metro 

  • Salvation Army Sunshine
    Where: 42 Devonshire Rd, Sunshine 
    When: 12 noon – 2pm 
    More info: no bookings required. Volunteers welcome!

Eastern Metro

  • Camberwell Salvo’s
    Time: 11am – 1.30pm
    Location: 7 Bowen St
    Bookings essential by 21st December: 9889 2468
  • Kew Uniting Church
    Time: 11.30 – 2pm
    Location: 23 Highbury Grove Kew
    Bookings essential by 22nd December: Call or text Natalie 0409 019 26

  • Unity Place – Hampton Park Uniting Church
    Time: Doors open 11.30am, lunch at 12.30pm
    Location: 1 Coral Drive
    Hampton Park
    Bookings Essential: 0401 191 650 (Jo)

    Foothills Community Care Ferntree Gully
    Time: 12pm – 3pm
    Location: St John the Baptist Parish Hall, 19 Forest Rd
    Ferntree Gully
    RSVP: by 21st December 2016
    Assistance with transport is available
    Bookings Essential: 8711 8677
    Email: Stephen@foothillscare.org.au 

Regional Victoria 

  • UnitingCare Ballarat
    Where: 105 Dana St, Ballarat
    When: 12 noon – 2pm
    More info: this is the Breezeway Meals program which operates every day of the year. No bookings required.
  • Harvest Ministry of Food
    Where: Corner Mair and Dawson Streets, Ballarat
    When: 12.30pm – 2pm 
    More info: www.harvestminstryoffood.com 
  • Christ Church Anglicare Church, Geelong
    Where: Moorabool St Geelong  
    When: From 11.30am 
    More info: please call Jan on 0409 176 409 to reserve your place
  • Lara Community Kitchens
    Where: Lara Community Centre, 9-11 Waverley Rd, Lara
    When: from 12.30pm 
    More info: RSVP by ringing or messaging Annette on 0414 673 982