View advice about community inclusion and food relief during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Community Food Relief Fund

The Community Food Relief Fund supports local community organisations supplying food to Victorians in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

One-off grants of up to $75,000 will increase the state’s capacity to source and distribute food relief.

Community organisations can use the grants to increase and improve their capacity to deliver and store food, support COVIDSafe business operations and recruit volunteers to help with business operations.

Applications for the grants closed at 2:00pm on Monday 26 October 2020.

Successful grant recipient organisations are listed in the document below:

Should your organisation deliver a food relief program and require increased access to donated and low-cost food the Victorian Government is also providing additional support to the Food Relief Distribution agencies via the document below:

For further enquiries please email us at foodrelief.team@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Victorian neighbourhood house sector guidance

The neighbourhood house sector provides services to many vulnerable Victorians. People who are disadvantaged or vulnerable may be especially impacted by the current pandemic due to their lack of personal, social and financial resources.

Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Volunteers willingly dedicate their time for the common good and without financial gain. A strong volunteering culture improves outcomes for people, communities and the environment, supports the delivery of services and improves mental health and wellbeing for volunteers themselves.

  • Information for current and prospective volunteers about how to support the community and stay safe is available on the Volunteer.vic website.

Extreme Hardship Support Program

The Extreme Hardship Support Program can provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and who are unable to access other forms of Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government income support. The program may support for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants with little or no income, savings or community support.