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Free community meals in Cardinia Shire

Various community organisations around Cardinia Shire offer free meals to vulnerable community members. 

COVID-19 update

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, community meal programs are currently not taking place until further notice. Please check this page for updates. 

If you require emergency access to food and material aid please refer to the Services Supporting Cardinia Shire Family, Health and Social Services Directory


ADRA Community Meal

Free community meal open to everyone to enjoy.

Where: 50 Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
When: Friday evenings
Time: 7.30pm


Dig In Community Café, Emerald

Free community meal open to everyone to enjoy. An opportunity to come and enjoy healthy seasonal food, good company and the chance to meet new people.

Where: 356 Belgrave Gembrook Rd, Emerald
When: Last Friday of each month
Time: 6 to 8pm
Contact: Christiania Sutton 5968 3881 or
Website: Dig In Community Cafe

Follow Bless Collective

Free hot meal open to everyone in need. Tuesday evening also includes free access to both hot showers and laundry services. 

Where: Bourke Park, Railway Avenue, Pakenham
When: Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Time: 6 to 9pm
Contact: Leanne Griffiths on 59432137 / 0411543817 or 
Website: Follow Bless Collective

Paddy’s Kitchen, Pakenham

Free roast dinner open to everyone in need.

Where: St Patricks Parish Hall, 136 Princes Highway, Pakenham
When: First and third Sunday of each month
Time: 6pm
Contact: 5941 7315
Website: Paddy's Kitchen


PC3 Cook Up, Pakenham

Free hot meal open to everyone in need.

Where: Senior Citizens Hall, 38 James Street, Pakenham
When: Monday evenings
Time: 6pm
Contact: 0433 213 630
Website: PC3 Cook Up Facebook page