Access to food and basic items
Over the next six months Council will be working with our partner agencies to provide weekly grocery vouchers, food parcels and pre-made meals to households. To get this started, we’ve partnered with Darebin Information Volunteer Resource Service (DIVRS) and other local agencies to immediately provide 500 households with grocery vouchers weekly.
Call the DIVRS phone service on 9480 8200, Monday – Thursday between 9.30am -12.30pm. You may need to leave a message with your name and contact details and you will receive a call back the same day.
Otherwise, contact the following local agencies:
- Encompass Care, Bundoora: 0422 461 847
- Reservoir Neighbourhood House: 9462 4611
- Salvation Army – Emergency Relief, Preston: 9471 9111
- ST Vincent de Paul - Call Centre: 1800 305 330
Victorian Government emergency relief packages
If you are self-isolating, you may be eligible for an emergency relief package. Call the dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. The hotline can also refer people to other support services if needed. Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods. The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required.
If you are in financial crisis and need some assistance in the form of free or cheap meals, food vouchers or parcels and financial assistance we have prepared an easy-to-use guide. The guide lists the local organisations that may be able to provide you with assistance - Emergency Relief and Food Aid in the City of Darebin Guide.
Darebin Emergency Relief Network
The Network has a primary role to coordinate a regional approach to meeting the needs of residents experiencing financial or material disadvantage.
Membership is open to the Darebin Emergency Relief Network (DERN) for a range of local emergency relief providers and other community agencies providing services to Darebin, or with interest in providing emergency relief services.
2020 Network meetings:
Tuesday, 3 March 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 2 June 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 1 September 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
Tuesday, 1 December 12pm – 2pm - Function Room, 1st Floor, 350 High Street, Preston
For further information, refer to the Terms of Reference.
Community Development Officer
T: 8470 8552