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Free and low cost resources for international students

Monday, 18 May 2020, 03:38 PM by Greenwich College

Greenwich College is always looking for programs offered by the Australian government and the communities to help international students who are experiencing any difficulty associated with Covid-19. 


1. 'Our Shout' food voucher program. Applications now open

'Our Shout’ program helps international students access fresh food and produce during this challenging period. This program aims to support international students who are impacted by job loss, housing insecurity or other financial difficulties associated with COVID-19.

You can now apply for vouchers valued at $200 to purchase groceries and food from the Queen Victoria Market. The vouchers will be available for 1000 recipients. Food vouchers will be provided to international students in denominations of $5 to be redeemed from all food related stalls at the market. Change will be provided to any spend under the voucher value.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an international student
  • live and/or study in the City of Melbourne Municipality
  • provide a copy or photo of your valid and current student ID
  • provide a copy or photo of my valid and current student visa
  • be in genuine need of food assistance due to financial hardship.

Complete and submit your application online. Applications close Friday 22 May at 5pm.
For more information check here - City of Melbourne.

2. Henry Sugar

“Henry Sugar” has started an initiative to help International Students by providing 100 FREE meals. Send an email to with your full name and contact number. The meals must be picked up every Friday from 4 pm to 7pm from the Restaurant in Carlton.

Henry Sugar
298 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North 3054
Melbourne, Victoria

Order your free meal here. 
For more information contact


1. City of Sydney Council and other community organisations are providing FREE and LOW COST resources for international students.


2. Study NSW has put together a list of organisations providing emergency food assistance for international students here. If you are an international student in Sydney, here are some places you can find food:

  • OzHarvest Market – Students can get free food hampers at the OzHarvest Market, located at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington. The Market is open from 10am until 2pm, Tuesday to Friday. Remember to follow their visitor philosophy – ‘Take what you need, give if you can’.

  • Hindu Council of Australia – International students in need can receive cooked food and dry groceries through the Hindu Council of Australia. Fill out the Crisis Help Form online on their website.

  • Turbans 4 Australia – A Sikh charity organisation, Turbans 4 Australia will help anyone in need regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. They are delivering cooked food and groceries to international students across Sydney. For more information, check their Facebook page.

  • Lou’s Place – For female international students, Lou’s Place in King’s Cross is providing free takeaway lunchboxes at 12:30pm each day.

  • Bay City Care – Community Foodcare, run by Bay City Care, is providing free food hampers and restaurant-prepared meals. Check the Bay City Care website for more details.

  • For those in Wollongong, the Food Fairness Illawarra lists all the free meal services available in the area for anyone facing food insecurity here.

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