Food relief

The Food Relief Program is currently paused over the Christmas/New Year period.

We will be reopening in February 2023 in a new space and will contact all students on the list to provide updates about dates, times and pickup information.

The University is now offering food relief to students experiencing food insecurity. The four programs are:

  • Program 1 – Secondbite Frozen Meals (Parkville Campus)
  • Program 2 – Secondbite Frozen Meals (Southbank Campus) Fine Arts Music students only
  • Program 3 – Fresh Food Project (Parkville Campus)
  • Program 4 – Subsidised Food Trucks (Southbank Campus)

Due to popular demand, our Fresh Food Project (Parkville Campus) is currently closed to new registrations. We will update this page once registration reopens.

About our programs

  • SecondBite frozen meals

    SecondBite is a local not-for-profit organisation, that provide healthy frozen meals to students. The frozen meals supplied by SecondBite come in 1kg or 250g packs. Meals are prepared based on the ingredients available to SecondBite and there is no set menu or option to order specific meals.

  • Fresh Food Project

    The One Box is a local Melbourne based business that supplies Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for students. The Fresh Food Project contains 5kg of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. The produce selection is locally sourced from Australian producers and is enough to last a week.

  • Subsidised Food Trucks

    Food trucks at Southbank campus will be providing susidised hot meals, featuring multi-cultural cuisines. Meals will be available until the Semester 2 exam period. See details below.

Food truck cuisine options

  • Himalaya Tibetan Food Truck*^ featuring traditional ‘momos’
  • Mr Yes Mr No offering Thai and Jamaican specialties
  • Kimu^ a Korean Japanese eatery
  • Italian Chef* featuring gnocchi delights

Full menus will be available at each food truck.  The food trucks, which will rotate each day, will be located along Storytellers Walk, outside The Hub.  The food trucks will offer meals at a discounted price to Southbank students in order to provide more affordable food options on this campus.

How does it work?

Step 1: Register your eligibility application and select which programs you are in need of.

Step 2:
You will receive a confirmation email to your student email account once you have been allocated. This email will have all the information you need to know about your pickup such as when it is, where it is and what to bring (eg student ID, a bag).

Step 3:
Arrive at the pick-up location on your allocated day as stated in your confirmation email. Please bring your student ID and the confirmation email with you.  

Step 4:
Follow the instructions from the volunteers at the pick-up location. They will scan your student ID card, confirmation email and check-in via QR Code.  

Step 5:
You will then be able to collect your Frozen Meal or Fresh Boxes.  

Step 6:
Enjoy your food!

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to be a current student to register my interest for food relief?

    Yes, only current University of Melbourne Students are eligible to receive meals or packs.

  • If I need weekly support, do I need to register my interest each week or do I only register my interest once?

    You only need to register once. The registration system is done on a subscription basis and depending on availability and capacity limits you will be allocated and receive allocations via email.

    If you need to opt out of the program or your circumstances change, please contact the food relief team on

  • How will I know when and where to pick up my food?

    You will receive a confirmation email that will explain the time, day and location to collect your food. It will also highlight what items you need to bring along with you (e.g. Student ID Card, confirmation email etc)

  • I have dietary requirements. Can these be catered for?

    Unfortunately, due to the meals and packs being prepared based on ingredients available, we are unable to arrange orders to meet dietary requirements. We do however try and have a range of options available for most.

  • Is there a maximum number of supplies I can take?

    Yes, as part of your confirmation email you will be advised of the maximum number available per person.

  • How do I know what supplies I will be getting?

    You won’t know this until you arrive at the pick-up location. Meals and boxes change weekly and are dependent on what ingredients or produce is available at the time. There is no set options that can be ordered.

  • How long will the relief service run?

    The University of Melbourne’s food relief service is scheduled to run from 1st July – 1st December 2022.

Contact us

Food Relief Team