Melbourne-Based Food Relief

Hare Krishna Food for Life feeds the needy and homeless in our community.

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 and the COVID-19 emergency of 2020-21. Over the decades, our distribution locations have changed, but our goal has remained the same: to offer care and to relieve suffering.
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.
Please note: all our meals may contain dairy, nuts and gluten. If you have any allergies or specific requirements, please check with our cooks regarding which items are suitable for you.

Food Assistance in Port Phillip

Our Food For Life Kitchen serves free food for the community three times a day, seven days a week at our Temple in Albert Park. Our free community breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are open to all-comers. Our Crossways Restaurant also offers low-cost, all-you-can-eat meals to the needy in Melbourne’s CBD.
In Port Melbourne, until the COVID lockdowns of 2020, we provided free weekly meals at Liardet Community Centre.
With the support of the City of Port Phillip and South Melbourne Market, we are now providing free contactless meals on Sundays at South Melbourne Market. Pick up your meal from 5 pm at the corner of Cecil and Coventry Streets.
We are working hard to return Hare Krishna Food For Life to ‘new normal’ levels that match and outstrip our history of service.
We partner with Port Phillip Community Group, Second Bite and OzHarvest.

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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