You should never have to go without food or other necessities
The Union Mart is a new program run by the UMSU Welfare Department. The initiative is based on a ‘take what you need’ philosophy, the purpose is to make food and other household items available to those who need them most.
Research has found that it is increasingly difficult for students to balance their time between study requirements and finding the income they need to support themselves. Cuts to penalty rates and inflation only add to this hardship.
What time is Union Mart open?
Union Mart is currently closed (we are working to start this asap!):
Monday and Friday 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Bookings are essential. Booking link will soon be added.
Bookings open for each month, so you can plan your visits when you need.
How does Union Mart work?
Union Mart provides a range of food and other household items for you to choose from. Everyone is welcome to take what they need or to contribute in any way they can. You can also 'pay it forward' and volunteer your time on the floor.
We want all students who visit to leave not only with the items they need but also with the feeling that they are part of a supportive and inclusive community.
Where is Union Mart?
Union Mart has a new location! The location will be updated soon!
We share this space with Unimelb Food Relief, to deliver a range of food relief programs including SecondBite Frozen Meals, Fresh Food Project Boxes and more programs to come.
The Welfare Department is here for all students, irrespective of their nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. If you are trying to deal with an issue and are not sure who to turn to, we can point you in the right direction. If you are ever unsure of anything, feel free to shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can, or come visit us in our offices. We are located on Level 2 of Building 168.