2018 Christmas hamper program

Published: 3 December 2018

Following the closure of The 4Cs Crisis Relief Centre on Friday (30 November), Cardinia Shire Council has partnered with local organisations to coordinate the 2018 Christmas hamper program.

The Christmas hamper program, previously run by the 4Cs, ensures our community’s most vulnerable families are supported in the lead up to Christmas.

People who have registered with the 4Cs to receive a Christmas hamper have been contacted by SMS or email to advise them of the arrangements to re-register for this year’s hamper program.

If you had registered with the 4Cs for a Christmas hamper for this year, or had previously been eligible, and haven’t yet been contacted by the 4Cs advising how to re-register for this year, please contact Cardinia Shire Council on 1300 787 624.

Please ensure you have re-registered with Council by Friday 7 December 2018 to receive your hamper this year.

Council organised an emergency meeting of community organisations last week following the decision of 4Cs to close from Friday 30 November, where it was agreed to work together to deliver the Christmas hamper program for 2018.

The 4Cs has indicated its intent to reopen to clients from Tuesday 8 January 2019.

There are a number of other local organisations that will continue to provide emergency food relief to vulnerable people throughout this period including:

Salvation Army food support

51 Bald Hill Road, Pakenham

To make an appointment, call 03 5941 4906


The Food Van (Pakenham)

Bourke Park, Pakenham

  • 6–9pm, Tuesdays 4, 11 and 18 December
  • 6–9pm, Thursdays 6 and 13 December
  • 6–11pm, Thursday 20 December

More information at https://follow.church/the-food-van


PC3 Community Cook-Up (Pakenham)

Senior Citizens Hall, 38 James Street, Pakenham

  • 6–9pm, Monday 17 December: Christmas celebration

Registration required at www.facebook.com/events/195822588007616/

  • 6pm, Mondays 3 and 10 December

Free hot meal, no registration required (just turn up)


Dig In Café (Emerald)

Emerald Community House Hall, 356 Belgrave–Gembrook Road, Emerald

  • 6–8pm, Friday 21 December

Christmas celebration, registration required at www.facebook.com/events/354243651994228/ or call 03 5968 3881

The Emerald Community House also has a free food cupboard and table www.emeraldcommunityhouse.org.au/food-free-cupboard


For additional support, visit the Crisis Referral Information System (CRIS) at cris.crisisservices.org.au

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