Food Co-op

Opening hours and contact details

Open 9am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Location: 1st floor, Union House
Phone: 9347 8716

About the Food Co-op

A food co-operative is a not-for-profit, member-owned and supported organisation. Food co-ops provide healthy, minimally processed foods to the local community, often relying heavily on volunteers to keep the co-op running smoothly.

You don’t have to be a member or a volunteer to eat at the Melbourne University Food Co-op, however 10% discounts apply for members and 20% discounts apply for regular volunteers who help out for a couple of hours,

At the Food Co-op, we strive to source our food ethically, prioritising locally grown and organic produce, as well as buying food in bulk (minimally packaged and in large quantities). We’ve been providing healthy, cheap, vegan-vegetarian, gluten free lunches and bulk wholefoods since the 1970s.

The Food Co-op aims to function non-hierarchically; there’s no boss, and the work put in by regular volunteers keeps the co-op functioning. Volunteers might serve, wash dishes, or even help cook – it’s up to you. We operate as a collective, with regular meetings where decisions are made by consensus and fresh ideas are brought to the table. Don’t hesitate to get involved!

What’s for lunch?

  • $5 Vegan and gluten free hot lunch (diverse range of dishes eg: Indian curries, dahl, Moroccan chickpea stews, Mexican bean dishes, soups, it’s a surprise every day!)
  • $5 Vegetarian and vegan pies
  • Cheap rolls and burgers filled with smoked tofu, rice balls, lentil patties and salad
  • Vegan and/or gluten free muffins, cake, brownies and muesli slice
  • Sweets such as Turkish Delight, choc-coated nuts and coffee beans. Yum!

We also brew soy chai and have a large range of tea to choose from.

What’s for dinner?

We don’t do dinner, but you can buy a range of goods in bulk to cook at home. Food for sale in bulk includes beans, lentils, pasta, rice, flour, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, tea, soy milk, spices and herbs, rice syrup, oil and tahini and other culinary goods.

What else do we have?

We also sell eco friendly cleaning products, and body care products such as soap and shampoo.


  • Vegan: no animal products used in any stage of the production of food
  • Vegetarian: no meat consumed, but often eats dairy products
  • Gluten free: diet free of gluten, gluten being a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts and tricale
  • Wholefoods: foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible.