Food Relief

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Food Relief

No-one should have to make the choice between whether they eat well or pay this month’s rent; whether they access essential medications or feed their family. Unfortunately, for many people facing socio-economic disadvantage or personal adversity, these are the challenges they face every day.

At Camcare, community is everything to us. We offer welcoming, non-judgemental and immediate food relief services to uplift and empower individuals and communities in the City of Boroondara. We provide a weekly supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as packaged food, toiletries, and other essential items to help you overcome the burden of food insecurity, negotiate the payment of household bills.

From the fresh produce growing in our kitchen garden to supply by food banks and local food drives, we nurture community connectedness to ensure access to fresh food in a fair, equitable, and friendly environment.

Building Individuals and Communities Through Our Canned Food Drives

At Camcare, we deliver our services with a focus on building community connections and pathways to self-reliance. Our food relief services encourage and empower people to move forward as active members of the community, and with the community behind them, so they and their families can thrive.

Our canned food drives are one example of Camcare’s community spirit in action.

Every year, our team comes together with local churches and community members to run food drives for local residents from households throughout the municipality. As well as Camcare, our canned food drives benefit causes such as Anglicare Mission House and the Salvation Army Camberwell.

If you are facing food insecurity, are on a low income, or are experiencing homelessness, come to Camcare. Through initiatives like our food drives, disadvantaged individuals and families can access nutritious, non-perishable food and receive the helping hand they need.

Emergency Food Relief: Access Food Banks or Make Food Bank Donations

For the disadvantaged and those on low incomes, unexpected life events, large expenses, and other adversity can prevent you from receiving the essentials we all require.

Food banks and food relief services like those offered by Camcare can ensure you, and many other Boroondara residents in your situation, can receive the groceries and other essential items you need. Camcare offers individual case management, advocacy services, grants to third parties for essential items, and access to fresh food through initiatives like our weekly Fresh Food distribution table.

Reach out to Camcare today to access the fresh, nutritious food you and your family require.

If you would like to make a donation to our food bank and food security causes, contact Camcare and find out how your contribution can help us empower people.

Community-Led Free Food Services: Food Pantries & Our Kitchen Garden

Offering more than just food security, Camcare’s food relief services provide you with the opportunity to get involved in your local community in a rewarding, uplifting way. You can access free food from our pantries, food drives, and other food distribution services, and you can get involved in Camcare’s kitchen garden.

Working beside our team of committed gardeners, participants in the kitchen garden are able to enjoy rewarding work in a safe and nurturing space. Assist in the cultivation of fresh fruit and vegetables that go towards our weekly distribution, and assist other marginalised individuals and families in need.

Free Meals for the Homeless and Those Facing Adversity

Camcare’s food drives, advocacy, outreach, and fresh food distribution services are proudly available to all individuals experiencing hardship and adversity in the City of Boroondara area. We deliver food relief services to those who need them most, including people experiencing homelessness.

Food Donations: Donate Food to Those Experiencing Food Insecurity

Camcare relies on your generous donations to cover the costs of the services which do not attract funding from Government. Food donations and monetary donations allow us to continually provide responsive, compassionate services, including food relief assistance.

Learn more about online donations, fundraising, or regular giving, or contact Camcare to enquire about food donation opportunities.

Access Crisis Food Relief in the City of Boroondara, Including Ashburton, Ashwood, Auburn, Balwyn, Camberwell, Deepdene, Glen Iris, Hawthorn, Kew, and Surrey Hills

Camcare works from our two offices at:

  • 51 St Johns Avenue, Camberwell VIC 3124; and
  • 4 Y Street, Ashburton VIC 3147

As well as this, we visit people’s homes, local schools, and community centres, including Boroondara Youth Services Community Centre.

If you are in need of Emergency Relief assistance, please call our offices on 03 9831 1900 and ask for a Community Support Worker.

  • Ashburton
  • Ashwood
  • Auburn
  • Balwyn
  • Camberwell
  • Deepdene
  • Glen Iris
  • Hawthorn
  • Kew
  • Surrey Hills

How Can You Help?

Become a Volunteer

Find out about the different types of volunteering opportunities available at Camcare
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Fundraise for Us

Vital funds can be generated for the work Camcare undertakes by starting a fundraising group
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Make a Donation

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Join Our Campaign

To provide a flexible array of responsive services to meet people’s needs and fill gaps in the services funded by tiers of government, Camcare relies on donations from trusts, philanthropic bodies, corporations, local businesses and individuals. You may be surprised by the need for Camcare’s services among people in Boroondara.

There are many ways that you can donate to Camcare to help us provide the best services possible:

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