Due to the COVID-19 pandemic services may have changed to non contact or phone based service. Strict social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions may be in place.
There are organisations across South Australia that help people struggling with the cost of living pressures by providing the basic essentials. Support such as food, food vouchers, e-vouchers, blankets, clothes, assistance with bills, utilities and furniture. Help may also include medications, access to free glasses, and referrals for assistance with dental care.
Many centres provide budget counselling and mentoring, financial counselling, personal counselling and links to other community programs.
If you are a vulnerable South Australian needing food relief, please give Foodbank a call on 8351 1136. Foodbank will refer you to an agency to access home delivery hampers.
During the Covid-19 crisis, [Foodbank SA](https://www.facebook.com/foodbanksouthaustralia/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBWhcxiEwp_DrK-VNzyptnDOxcxM-070W5BkRvsFKSkaKWhLknugBzm72rCB2vcVl0ZQ3VlwoAR7ENS&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARA7EtnW1zSGihk_77cLQPbiWC1ICNopHWpW_O0K31QlIJ9s5IG5PC4Bs8sxZ-ewjQo33YO7X997RVseuOxFD-4H2sDhqDlawhhrLV5Yiyc4aerzqhMXjXAW22qii-uTueVcqPJTZns1bUbRhuxtF3Dq09FGBC8ZiHbc2AqOumVjXySrYbMH62X1w4LTWyzewU4fwVNfDhRGzmn_Nc8wICpoqC6qn5TFFFd1aFgojkCI5bfiC5-l89I-NSikV6RGjdYia8JLYvgdpTdw6Cip9FTiwHROG_aLlSWWCoXY2b7YSFKCnY4qMPVJszyw4WURG03FEYUZvH1MUnFs2nKwR_4ifVzarFRXOsLW7g) have been working behind the scenes to implement a Home Delivery service for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Many charities and SA's Emergency Relief agencies such as the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Baptist Care, ac.care and Uniting Country SA are utilising the deliveries to provide for those in need. [See more about the providers of Emergency Relief in SA](https://www.affordablesa.com.au/news-articles/sa-funded-emergency-relief).
Foodbank works with South Australian community organisations to provide food relief to thousands of people every month. They provide direct services through their Foodbank Food Hubs, Mobile Food Hub, Foodbank Pop Ups and Foodbank Hamper Program.
Community Food Hubs are located at Bowden, Christies Beach, Edwardstown, Elizabeth, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge and Whyalla. Foodbank SA also supports the community run Food Hubs in the Adelaide CBD and Port Pirie. Food Hubs are set up like a general store and offer free fruit, vegetables and bread. Low cost pantry items, frozen foods, personal hygiene products and cleaning products.
COVID-19 Social distancing applies and only 3-4 people are allowed in the Food Hubs at a time. Pop up markets are not currently available at this time, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Community meals are free and low cost meals provided across Adelaide and South Australia. Some services provide take home packs. Please check with each service to see if there is a cost as well as when and where the meals are provided.
If you require essentials such as food and other assistance please refer to Emergency Relief
A food pantry offers low cost food and groceries to the community.
For further information, please see the closest location to you for further details.
Provides a free hot meal, blankets, clothing, food vouchers, books and referral to other community services and government agencies. Fred's Van is open to anyone in need and operates at ten locations across Adelaide and regional South Australia.
The Fred's Van Timetable showing when and where the vans will be located is available below and at their website.
Heart & Soul Group provides fruit, veg, bakery and pantry items to vulnerable families and people in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery and pantry items are available for attendees to choose for themselves. Market days are held in Morphettvale, Wingfield and Elizabeth. Discounted snack foods and other extras are available to be purchased from the dollar tables.
Our Free Food Markets are scheduled as follows:
- Southern Suburbs: Tuesdays at 12pm, Morphettvale Community Hall, William St Morphettvale
- Northern Suburbs: Wednesdays at 12pm, Para Districts Masonic Centre, 77 Phillip Highway, Elizabeth South
- Western Suburbs: Fridays at 12pm, Heart & Soul Group Warehouse, 30 Fourth St, Wingfield
If you are unable to attend any of our Free Food Markets and require food assistance, please order a free food hamper via our online store, by clicking here: [www.heartandsoulinc.com.au](http://www.heartandsoulinc.com.au/)
Deliveries will be made as follows:
- Central , Western & Eastern Adelaide Suburbs Beach to the foothills: Every Monday, orders must be placed by Midday Sunday
- Southern Suburbs from the hill up, to Aldinga Beach to Victor Harbour: Every Tuesday, orders must be placed by Midday Monday
- Northern Suburbs to Lewiston: Every Wednesday, orders must be placed by Midday Tuesday
- Adelaide Hills: Mt Barker/Strathalbyn/Nairne/Murray Bridge: Every Thursday, orders must be placed by Midday Wednesday
- Far North: Williamstown to Two Wells, via Booborowie: Every Friday, orders must be placed by Midday Thursday
We will not be able to change delivery addresses once the hamper is on its way. If you will not be at the address specified on your order, your hamper will be left in a safe place at your delivery address.
Unfortunately we can not accommodate dietary requirements, so please take this into account when placing your order.
Meals on Wheels SA provides support to members of the community to live independently by providing fresh meals delivered to your door.
A three course meal is $15 and consists of a soup, main course and desert. MyAgedCare concessions can bring this down to $9 and in some cases as low as $4.75 depending on your benefits.
Who can get meals? Anyone can get meals. There are no restrictions or strict guidelines for receiving Meals on Wheels SA.
Anyone who can't shop or cook for themselves with ease, along with anyone who considers themselves 'in need' can receive meals.
This may include an elderly individual, someone recovering from a hospital visit, an individual with a disability or even a time poor family.
You can arrange meals for yourself or for someone else and if they need help filling out documentation for MyAgedCare concessions then they can guide you through the process.
If you would like to arrange a meals service subsidised by the Commonwealth Home Support Program, you will need to be registered with MyAgedCare.
During COVID-19 The personal visit from their client assessment officers may be modified to comply with social distancing measures. During normal times a visit from one of the volunteers can be that little bit of friendly interaction in many people's lives.
Is the coronavirus crisis affecting you financially? The Salvation Army is here to help.
Government funding is now available through The Salvation Army Doorways teams for individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 shutdown and economic downturn.
If the coronavirus crisis has caused you to become unemployed or you have limited or no access to an income, you could be eligible for emergency financial assistance to help with rent, mortgage relief, groceries, paying bills and more.
If you are financially affected by the impacts of COVID-19 and would like to learn more about how we can help – even if you have never asked for assistance from a charity before – please complete the form at the web site listed here. A Salvation Army representative will call back within 48 hours for a private and confidential discussion about how we can help.
Grow Free is about growing and giving away vegetables, herbs and flower seedlings so that people can start a garden. There are also sharing carts where people can pick up or drop off free produce and seedlings.
Carts are placed throughout Adelaide and South Australia.
It is easy to become part of the Grow Free community. Facebook is the best way to communicate.
The Affordable Team caught up with Andrew in-between cart visits at the Mount Barker Free Produce Market. Listen to the interview below.