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Dining Hall

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Volunteer preparing food at Sacred Heart Mission's Dining Hall
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Over the next 3+ weeks, beginning 13 June 2024, there will be building works taking place at Sacred Heart Central. During this time the Meals Program will only serve take-away meals and visitors won’t be able to access the toilets. The Women’s House will also NOT be able to serve lunches during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Everyone is welcome to share a community meal and connect
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Our warm, welcoming Dining Hall is the heart of the Mission, where hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness and social disadvantage come to share a community meal and engage with our services, 365 days a year. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a free meal today.

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The Dining Hall provides:
  • Free meals daily
  • Trained support workers
  • Referrals to other services
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Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am for breakfast and from 11:30am to 1:00pm for lunch.

On weekends and public holidays, the Dining Hall is open from 9:00am to 10:30am for breakfast and from 11:30am to 1:00pm for lunch.

Free daily meals

Our Meals Program provides free nutritious community meals every day of the year. Meals include an entrée, main meal, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available daily too.

Visiting the Dining Hall is the most brilliant thing I ever did. Good meals, friendly people. It was a safe place.
– Peter, Sacred Heart Community resident

Example menus

Menu 1

  • Pumpkin soup
  • Choice of either Spaghetti Bolognese, or Chickpea and Vegetable curry (Veg)
  • Fruit cup

Menu 2

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Choice of either Sausages, Mash and Vegetables, or Vegetarian Pasta Bake (Veg)
  • Biscuits

A meal is just the beginning …

Our Meals Program is far more than food relief. It also provides opportunities for people to reconnect to and develop a sense of community and belonging. Trained support workers are always present and ready to listen, talk and connect people with other Sacred Heart Mission services.

Watch our video to learn more:

Sustained by the community

It takes a professional kitchen staff of four and a team of 15 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, Sacred Heart Mission has developed strong relationships with many food donors and we rely on a steady supply of stock.

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How we’ve supported our community

Meals Program Chef Kirsty with a takeaway meal
Our Impact

We served 92,822 free meals to our community in 2022-23.

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Our Impact

1,766 recorded times, our Pathways Workers provided support to people attending the Meals Program.

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