Food & Material Aid

Finding it hard to make ends meet?

There are many services that provide practical support in times of need. As a general rule services don’t provide cash assistance. Instead, many services provide food parcels, food vouchers, clothing, furniture, or help paying a bill such as electricity or gas. There is also assistance available from some services for outstanding rent and urgent medical scripts, particularly if you have a health care card!

Assistance with non-essential bills such as phone is unlikely unless it is needed for medical reasons or if it’s an emergency.

Wesley City Mission

What: Food, food vouchers, toiletries, bedding (see “Accommodation” section, pg. 1)
Where: 291A Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Phone:  1800 882 500

Citizens Advice Bureau - Ringwood

What: Food parcels, food vouchers (when available), referral and information
Where: 2a Ringwood St, Ringwood 3134
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am – 2pm
   9870 3233

Citizens Advice Bureau - Croydon

What: Food parcels, referrals and information, fare money, Xmas hampers
Where: 214 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9.30am – 1pm
Phone:   9725 7920
Web: Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau

These places also provide food and/or material aid:

  • St. Vincent De Paul - 76-82 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood 9870 9124
  • St. Vincent De Paul - 38-42 Main St. Croydon 9723 4116
  • North Ringwood Care -12 Dickson Cresent Nth Ringwood 9876 5625
  • Salvation Army – 47 Wantirna Rd, Ringwood 9879 2894*
  • Truth & Liberation Concern - 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater 9729 6555
  • Helping Hand – 5a Mt View St, Croydon 9725 1115
  • Heathmont Inter Church Help – 136 Canterbury Rd, Heathmont 9720 6757*

(* Must call ahead)

Free Meals in the Community 

St Paul’s Anglican Church

Monday Lunch, 12pm – 1.30pm
40 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood

Mooroolbark Baptist Church

Monday Dinner, 6pm – 7.30pm
153 Hull Rd

St. John’s Anglican Church

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs Dinner 5.45pm - 7.15pm, Sunday Dinner, 5pm
5 Toorak Avenue, Croydon (opposite railway ave)

Tucker Tin Shed

Tues Dinner, 5pm – 7pm
1623 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave
Yarra Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship Wednesday Dinner, 6pm
60 Cave Hill Rd, Lilydale (round the corner from Main St, just past Lilydale Tiles)

Bayswater Church of Christ

Wednesday Dinner, 6pm – 7pm
643 Mountain Highway


Fri & Sat Dinner, 6pm – 8pm
Main St, Croydon (about half way down)

Ringwood Lutheran Church

Sun Dinner, 5pm – 6pm
57 Wantirna Rd

Further Help

  • Homeless Persons Eyecare Program 9349 7400
  • Centrelink 13 10 21