During one of his visits to Melbourne in the early 1970s, our Founder Srila Prabhupada famously said: “Let every hungry man in Melbourne come and eat.” Since that time, Hare Krishna Food for Life Melbourne volunteers have expanded on his mission by uninterruptedly distributing vegan and vegetarian meals to the people of greater Melbourne.

Since the 1970s, Hare Krishna Food For Life has developed a hard-earned reputation for distributing free and low-cost meals whenever and wherever the need arises, including the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. Over the decades, our distribution locations have changed, but our goal has remained the same, to offer care and to relieve suffering.

Since the 1970s, at our Temple in Albert Park, we have served free meals three times a day, seven days a week, to all-comers. In Port Melbourne, until the COVID lockdowns of 2020, we provided free weekly meals at Liardet Community Centre. Since the 1980s, Crossways Restaurant has offered low-cost, all-you-can-eat meals to the needy in Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Pre-COVID, we distributed around 5,500 free and low-cost meals per week from our Temple, in Port Melbourne, and Melbourne’s city centre.

During the COVID emergency, we continue to offer contactless breakfasts at the Temple when regulations allow, and well as contactless lunch pickups. We have been delivering free daily meals to those in need in the City of Port Phillip. Hare Krishna Food For Life partners with Port Phillip Community Group, Second Bite and OzHarvest.

Our Western Suburbs network has offered free contactless pickups and deliveries in the City of Wyndham, Melbourne’s Central Business District, and greater Melbourne.

We are working hard to return Hare Krishna Food For Life to ‘new normal’ levels that match and outstrip our history of service.

Please note: all our meals may contain dairy, nuts and gluten. If you have any allergies or special requirements, please check with our cooks regarding which items are suitable for you.

The Food For Life Kitchen

Our recent Food For Life Kitchen upgrade has improved the scope and range of Hare Krishna Food For Life programs.

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