About Us

Who Are We?

The Geelong Food Relief Centre is a not-for-profit charity that aims to deliver nutritious food to
individuals and families experiencing hardship.

Our Mission

To provide food aid services to those disadvantaged in our region, in a dignified and compassionate manner.

 Who is Vulnerable to Food Insecurity?

  • Homeless people
  • Low income households (eg. unemployed)
  • Single parents and their children
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigenous Australians
  • People with poor access to transport
  • Households experiencing housing stress (eg. mortgage or rental)
  • Aged people
  • Young adults (eg. University students)

What Do We Do?

Today we continue to provide emergency and supplementary grocery supplies through a Mini-Marts in Geelong and North Geelong to those in need. We have a bulk distribution service to help agencies who also operate community pantries. There are over 40 welfare agencies and organisations in the Greater Geelong Region, Bellarine, Surf Coast and Winchelsea areas we partner with to help meet the demand of families in crisis.

Every year our centre serves over 8,000 families equating to more than 24,000 adults and children. In 2012 Geelong Food Relief Centre distributed well over 7000kg of food, much of that being donated goods that is rescued from Aldi stores throughout Geelong. We also work in conjunction with welfare officers at schools in the region to provide emergency food packs for school families facing crisis.

How Does It Work?

Customers are assessed by participating agencies and provided with a voucher to redeem at the Mini-Mart.

The Mini-Mart stock includes groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, frozen foods, meat and basic toiletry needs. Customers are free to make their own selections.

The Centre also provides a range of ‘no charge’ items for customers to supplement the value of the voucher.

Our Locations?

8 Freedman Street,
North Geelong
Phone: 03 5278 6588
Open 10am – 3pm. Monday to Friday.

1 Little Smythe Street,
Phone: 0429 891 465
Open 10am – 3pm. Monday to Friday.