Located at the front of RSNH, the pantry is open 7 days a week for community members to donate and / or access free staples and dry goods. Some fresh food is available too. Give what you can and take what you need.
If you are experiencing food insecurity and need access to meals, we can connect you with other services in Merri-bek. Please call us or come and chat at reception for more information.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a food relief program providing pre-cooked, healthy, meals per week to those experiencing food insecurity.
From mid 2020 to mid 2022 a total of over 16,000 meals were made! That’s an average of 670 meals made per month. A major achievement!
During the pandemic, the food program contributed to a sense of community in the house in times when normal operations were not possible. It made a significant difference for those experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic and those unable to make ends meet in the face of an increase in the cost of living.
The development of this program was made possible by grants received to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoys continued support through our partners at Second Bite and Food Bank Victoria.