Free meal packs for students

The University is offering free meal packs to support students. Find out more about how to register for free meal packs.

In light of the updated restrictions in Victoria, we wish to advise that students who are already approved to be on campus to pick up a free meal can still do so and we will continue collecting registrations of interest. However, please note that if you are feeling unwell or display any of the symptoms outlined here, then we ask that you do not register to pick-up a meal until you have recovered fully.

If you are advised by the government or asked to get tested for COVID-19 by a representative from the Department of Health and Human Services, the University strongly encourages you to comply.

There are now more free meals and more pick-up days! Due to the huge success and demand of the program, there are now more free SecondBite meals available for students and you can request to pick up your meals on any weekday. Register your interest below!

Students receiving their free meal packs.

About the program

To help support students, the University has partnered with SecondBite, a local not-for-profit organisation, to provide healthy and free meals to students.

The frozen meals prepared by SecondBite come in 1kg packs, and each pack provides up to 3-4 standard servings (4 x 250g). Meals are prepared based on the ingredients available to SecondBite and there is no set menu or option to order specific meals. SecondBite are unable to arrange orders to meet dietary requirements and the supply of vegetarian meals is unpredictable and very limited.

The meal packs will be available for students to pick-up at an allocated day at a site close to the University of Melbourne (Parkville campus).

Meal packs in their boxes.

How does it work?

Step 1. Register your interest in receiving free meal packs via the button below. You will be asked to fill out a form and select all of the preferred days that you will be able to collect your free meal packs on.

Register your interest

Step 2. You will soon receive a confirmation email to your student email account once you have been allocated to receive free meal packs. This email will have all the information you need to know about your pick-up 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 with you. Due to social distancing measures, we are allocating students to specific pick-up days.

Step 4. Follow the instructions from the volunteers at the pick-up sites. They will scan your student ID card. Please note that social distancing measures will be arranged and maintained during the pick-up for safety.

Step 5. You will be able to collect the number of meal packs you need.

Step 6. Enjoy your meals!

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to be a current student to register my interest for free meal packs?

    Yes, only current University of Melbourne students are eligible to receive free meal packs.

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

    Please note that by registering your interest via the form, you will be considered for ongoing meal pick-ups after your initial meal. This will depend on meal availability that is subject to change weekly, and therefore not guaranteed. There will be an option to opt-out of this and this will be outlined in your confirmation email.

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

    You will receive a confirmation email to your student email account with details of when and where you will be picking up your meal packs.

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

    Unfortunately, due to the meals being prepared based on the ingredients available, SecondBite are unable to arrange orders to meet dietary requirements and the supply of vegetarian meals is unpredictable and very limited.

  • Is there a maximum number of meal packs I can take?

    No, you will be able to take the number of meal packs you need, subject to availability.

  • How do I know what meal packs I will be getting?

    You won't know this until you arrive at the pick-up site. Meals are prepared based on the ingredients available to the SecondBite preparation team, and there is no set menu or option to order specific meals.

    In the past, some of the meal packs that have been given to students include:

    • Chicken burritos
    • Korean chicken
    • Italian meatballs.
  • Will social distancing measures be in place at the pick-up?

    Yes, social distancing measures will be arranged and maintained during the pick-up for safety.

  • Is there someone I can contact about the program?

    If you no longer wish to receive free meal packs or have another question about the program, please email peer-leaders@unimelb.edu.au

Register your interest

To register your interest in receiving SecondBite meals, you must click the below button and fill out the form.

Register your interest

After filling out the form, you will soon receive a confirmation email to your student email with further details on picking up the meal packs.