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Dining Hall

Meals Program

Two volunteers in our Dining Hall serving a plate of food to a lady

Our warm, welcoming Dining Hall is the heart of the Mission, where hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness, social disadvantage or isolation come to share a meal and engage with our services.

The Meals Program provides hearty, nutritious meals 365 days of the year. It is a program that does far more than feed people. It also provides opportunities for people to reconnect to and develop a sense of community and belonging.

A team of support workers are always present and ready to listen, talk and connect people with other Mission services.

It takes a professional kitchen staff of four and a team of more than 20 volunteers to prepare breakfast and lunch each day. Our valued volunteer pool is made up of individuals, community groups, school students, teachers and people from the corporate sector.

With limited funds, our work is supplemented by generous food donations from farmers, catering companies, local bakeries, cafes and restaurants, and food rescue agencies. Over many years, the Mission has developed strong relationships with many food donors and we rely on a steady supply of stock.

We provide so much more than just a meal

Watch our video and learn from our Meals Program team and our volunteers why a meal at our Dining Hall is just the beginning:

Dining Hall opening hours and location

Meals are served free, 365 days a year.

Our Dining Hall remains closed for sit-down dining until further notice to keep our community covid-safe. In the meantime, we are offering our Dining Hall clients a combined breakfast and lunch takeaway during the pandemic. Our meals service has been modified, to reduce the need for vulnerable people to gather as they wait for their meal.

Daily: 10.00am-1pm

Outside the front gate of our Dining Hall

87 Grey St, St Kilda

With special thanks to City of Port Phillip for their support.

City of Port Phillip logo

A meal is just the beginning...

For many of our clients, a meal at our Dining Hall was the first step to changing their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. Learn more about their personal journeys:

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.

 

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.