Food Security during COVID-19

Published 3 weeks ago

The wonderful team at the Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS) at UTAS have put together the below resource around food security in Tasmania. It’s full of great information on where you can find support and relief for food within your community.

Immediate Food Relief

To support students through this difficult time the University of Tasmania has allocated additional funding through the Safety Net Grant Scheme, in collaboration with the TUU.

The TUU Helping Hand scheme provides $25 grocery vouchers for students experiencing hardship.

Neighbourhood Houses are all over Tasmania, and offer affordable meals or veggie boxes and free food depending on your location. Find out more: or call 6228 6515.

Look up food relief options in your local area as some options are regional. ASK IZZY is a great search tool for finding help with a whole range of services from food assistance to housing and financial advice:

The University of Tasmania’s personal counselling service is available if you need it.

Detailed information for your area listed below.

Reach out to your neighbours and friends. Check if you can help them by collecting shopping or by helping with any other tasks.

Volunteer with a community organisation.

Donate funds or non-perishable food items to your local community organisation or foodbank. Check first which they would prefer.

Hobart Area

Support Organisations:

Kingston Neighbourhood House – Provides regular free food and other services. Phone 6229 4066 or email

Hobart City Mission Provides emergency assistance, food and more. Phone 6215 4200 or

St Vincent de PaulProvides a wide range of services. Phone: 6234 4244 or Loui’s Food Van is an after-hours mobile service Hobart Area. Email1 or call 03 6234 4244

Salvation Army Doorways Centres – Material aid and more in Hobart, Glenorchy, Carlton, Clarence, Huonville, Kingborough and the Derwent Valley. Phone 6231 1345 or

Multicultural Council of TasmaniaAssistance for Tasmanians with culturally, linguistically or religiously diverse backgrounds who find themselves in need. Email with your full name, address and a brief explanation of your financial hardship (e.g. job loss).

Uniting Care Food relief and more. Phone 6244 1144 or


Food Providers:

The South Hobart Free Food Stand opposite the IGA on the corner of Macquarie Street and Glen Street. Give and take as you need.

Kingston Beach Free Food Cupboard outside Boho At The Beach. Give and take as you need.

Kingborough Helping Hands AssociationFood relief available, email or call 0449110895.

Kingborough Family Church Community Care Program – $20 donation for access to food hampers. Phone 6229 2196.

Catholic Care Emergency Financial AssistancePhone 1800 819 447 or fill out their form at:

Pizzarazzi pay-it-forward program. To receive a free pizza either go to your nearest Pizzarazzi store and remove a card from the board and hand it to them or contact your nearest store and they will process it digitally so no one knows besides you and the person serving you.

Sikh Temple Hobart – Free Food Delivery/Pick Up Wed & Sun. Call 0404 729 545

Khalsa Aid & ISSCA Grocery items for international students. @NESTasmania on Facebook.

Chillis in Sandy Bay – Free food, groceries and support for international students every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7PM.

Launceston Area

Support Organisations:

St Vincent de Paul – Provides a wide range of services. Phone 6435 2323 or email

Salvation Army Doorways Centres Material aid and more. Phone 6323 7500 for Launceston, and 6382 1559 for Georgetown.

Catholic Care Emergency Financial AssistancePhone 1800 819 447 or fill out their form at:

The Helping Hand AssociationBudgeting assistance and more in Longford. Phone 6391 2498.


Food Providers:

Northern Suburbs Community Centre – Provides 4 delivered frozen meals for $5.00. If you live in Lilydale, Rocherlea, Mayfield or Newnham, call 63265506. If you live in Mowbray or Invermay please call 63266776. They also do cheap veggie bags! Email

Tasmanian Sikh Community, Khalsa Aid and the Launceston Gurdwara Information Tasmania GroupProvides free food for international students. Just type *YES* and send an SMS on the numbers below and they don’t even ask your name, just your delivery address. Your details will be kept confidential. Text Paramjit Singh 0401494639 or Karmjit Singh 0438509321.

Indian Empire RestaurantProviding 1 container each of free dinner for students between 5.30pm – 7.30pm, bring your student ID. Call 6331 2500.

Aamarpali Restaurant – Free meals at lunch and dinner by request. Message Umesh Sharma and the restaurant through Facebook to order.

Salvation Army Launceston CorpsFree breakfast Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and dinner once a week. Phone 6323 7500 or email corpsofficer.launceston@aus.salvationarmy.or

Door of HopeEmergency food pantry. Phone 6344 8450 or email to find out more.

The Launceston Benevolent Society –  Food program. Phone 6344 4213 or email

George Town Neighbourhood House –  Food assistance program weekly. Phone 6312 3019 or email

Strike It OutFood assistance and more. Email

The Caring Network Assistance over the phone 6394 3471.

Shekinah House – Free meals and assistance. Phone 0478 230 525 or

Miss B’s Student Services – Fresh vegetables from Miss B’s garden. Send a private message on Facebook to enquire.

Coles in Mowbray is providing a 5% discount to students – Show your ID.

City Mission – City Kitchen, 48 Frederick St, Launceston. Call 03 6335 3000

Cradle Coast Area

Support Organisations:

St Vincent de PaulProvides food relief and much more in Devonport and Burnie. Phone 6435 2323 or email

Youth, Family and Community Connections –  Provides assistance with food and other needs in Devonport. Phone 6423 6635 or email

Grow Gather Give, previously known as Produce to the People   Providing emergency food relief and support in Burnie and surrounding areas. Phone 0400 622 884 or email

Salvation Army Doorways CentresProviding food, vouchers, assistance, advice and more. For Burnie phone 6430 4100, for Devonport 6424 9177, and for Ulverstone 6425 5382.

Wyndarra Centre Providing food and much more including assistance and advice. Phone 6452 2722.

Catholic Care Financial AssistanceProviding financial assistance for food, bills and more. Phone 1800 819 447 or fill out their online application

Burnie Community HouseProviding free food and No Interest Loans. Phone 64333219 or email

Devonport Community House – Provides fresh vegetables from the garden and FoodShed. Phone 6424 7060 or

East Devonport Community House – Provides assistance and No Interest Loans. Phone 6427 9985 or

Strike It Out Inc Burnie BranchProviding food packages in Burnie and assisting through the Little Free Pantry. Find them on Facebook or

Loaves and FishesProviding frozen meals. Phone 6417 3131.

City MissionCity Kitchen, Baptist Church Hall, 57 Mount Street, Burnie. 03 6335 3000

Food Security Q&A

Do I need to be part of a religious or cultural group to access support?

Most places welcome all. Some services are targeting particular groups such as international students. You can find out more by contacting the specific service for details.

Do I have to give my name or provide evidence that I have lost my job?

Most places providing immediate food relief do not need to know your name, but some support organisations will need to know who you are so they can help you properly. Some service providers may require evidence of hardship.

Do I need to provide my Student ID?

Some places may ask for your Student ID, if they do you can ask if they are recording information or just checking whether you are a student.

Are there any other organisations in my area that might not be on this list?

Yes! This list is not comprehensive, as new organisations are putting their hands up to help all the time. Google your area, use the ASK IZZY app, keep an eye on the news and check back here for updates.

These people are helping me, how can I give back?

There may not be a way for you to volunteer at the moment, but after the virus restrictions lift these organisations are still out in our community helping people, so keep them in mind for future volunteering or donations.

There are also other valuable ways you can help by reaching out to people for conversations, contact people you know and find out how they are going, or organise to do an activity together on the phone.

Remember if you’re struggling, there are people here to help you. You can always reach out to the TUU’s advocacy service or the UTAS personal counselling service. Both provide free and confidential advice and support.

Always keep up to date with the latest government regulations and information