Food Relief Program

The Nourish Project rescues surplus food from landfill and transforms this donated food into nutritious meals which are distributed and provided free to people in need. With the support of so many, we have already delivered over 3000 meals in 2021. 

About the project

In September 2020 five Neighbourhood House’s in Maribyrnong joined forces, launch a pilot project called Nourish to rescue surplus food, and provide free, nutritious cooked meals for people doing it tough. 

Nourish aims to rescue surplus food from landfill; transform this donated food into nutritious meals; distribute free meals to people in need and provide volunteer opportunities for community members.

Nourish meals are prepared weekly in the YCC kitchen by qualified chefs and distributed in partnership by Angliss Neighbourhood House, Duke Street Community House, Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House, West Footscray Neighbourhood House and The Yarraville Community Centre.

The project has been supported by Foodbank, Lions, Rotary, CWA, and a range of local businesses offering surplus food, dry goods, and fresh produce.

The Nourish program supports and provides food security to the most vulnerable members of the community, particularly those affected by the pandemic.

How to access free meals in lockdown?


Nourish meals are prepared weekly at the YCC kitchen, by qualified chefs and dedicated volunteers.
Meals are available for pick up from the below locations during lockdown… 

Yarraville Community Centre, Yarraville
59 Francis Street, Yarraville
Please call us on 9687 1560 and leave a message, we’ll get straight back to you with a time to collect food each week.

Duke Street Community House
27 Duke St, Sunshine VIC 3020
Food parcel pick up on Wednesdays between 1pm-2pm

West Footscray Neighbourhood House
Level1/539 Barkly St, West Footscray VIC 3012
Please call 9687 1560 to book a time to collect food.

Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House
113 Melon St, Braybrook VIC 3019
Food security program every Tuesday. Fruit and vegetables, pantry good and frozen meals pick up. 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Appointment only. 9317 5610.

How to get involved?

Everybody deserves access to quality, nutritious food, but during these tough times more people than ever are being forced to go without. We accept donations of fresh food from individuals, local supermarkets, butchers and cafes located in and around the Maribyrnong City Council region.

We encourage you to get involved and reach out to your local favourite food businesses and ask them to donate food that they can no longer sell and would otherwise go to waste. Bulk items assist us in producing large batches of food. We love boxes of vegetables, adore tubs of cream or bottles of milk, and always cheer with delight when we receive cheese or meat donations!

Where to Donate?

Donate to the Yarraville Community Centre located at 59 Francis Street, Yarraville. 

Our Partners

The project has been supported by Foodbank, Rotary, CWA,

and a range of local businesses offering surplus food, dry goods, and fresh produce.