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?

 

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
Collection can be made between Monday – Friday 10am-2pm.

Duke Street Community House
27 Duke St, Sunshine 
Food parcel pick up on Wednesdays between 1pm-2.30pm

West Footscray Neighbourhood House
Level1/539 Barkly St, West Footscray VIC 3012
Collect food Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm.

Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House

(Currently at capacity, no new referrals)
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 are currently looking for volunteers to assist our food relief program, The Nourish Project with cooks on Mondays between 9.30AM – 3PM. No cooking experience is required, just a willingness to get in and help those in need.
Please express your interest by emailing info@ycc.net.au or call us on 03 9687 1560

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.

Our Key Contributors

 

We thank our key contributors, United Sikhs, Aldi in Wyndym and Central west, My Grocer Yarraville, Sims IGA and City Storehouse.