No student should have to go hungry

The Welfare Department Food Bank is a service available to all students at the university in need of assistance. Student life is expensive and often food is too expensive for some students to afford. According to Universities Australia, close to 1 in 5 students regularly go without food because they can’t afford it. Sometimes enough money just isn’t coming in, especially when we’re faced with other costs like rising rent, expensive public transport and overpriced textbooks. Regardless of your circumstances, if you’re struggling to afford food, we’re here to help.

How to access the Food Bank

Parkville Campus

If you would like assistance from the Food Bank, you can pick up a basic pack anonymously from the UMSU Information Desk, Ground Floor, Union House by asking one of the friendly staff members. Alternatively, please email the Welfare Officers at to arrange a time to pick up a hamper. You can pop by the Welfare Office in the Student Reps office on the 1st floor of Union House and access the Food Bank if the Welfare Officers are there.

Southbank Campus

UMSU have also started a food bank service at the Southbank campus for Faculty of Fine Arts and Music students. A limited number of food packs can now be picked up at Stop 1, Southbank (Elisabeth Murdoch Building) during opening hours. Keep an eye on this space for Burnley and Dookie Campus options.


The Food Bank is reliant upon donations for there to be enough food to go around. We accept all sorts of donations from canned food to tea bags and even other household items like soap or toothpaste. We can also accept fresh food for quick distribution. To make a contribution, please visit the Welfare Office or email the Welfare Officer at