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Community Meals

Community Meals

We host Community Lunches across Victoria and Tasmania. Volunteers provide a free, nourishing, healthy meal to people in the community who want to socialise or find out about the services available in their area. Our meals change seasonally, but often consist of hot food such as barbeque meats, plates of cold meats, salads and other dishes, and bread.  The program is extremely popular, with over 30,000 people attending every year. Attendees can meet people from their local community, chat to friends, enjoy a hot meal, and seek assistance if needed, in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.

Hartley's community meals

Prahran’s Community Dining room – Hartley’s – has been serving hot breakfasts during the winter months, and weekday lunches to the economically and socially disadvantaged for more than twenty years. It has seating for up to 65 guests, and has a lovely outdoor courtyard area.

Hartley’s is staffed by experienced chefs, volunteers, and participants from our services.

Hartley’s aims to provide:

  • a supportive and welcoming environment to all, but particularly those in the community who may be living with complex needs including mental illness, economic disadvantage, social isolation, loneliness or disadvantage
  • nutritious, low cost meals.

A typical lunch menu has soup, two choices of main meal (with vegetarian options always available) plus a dessert. Free bread and salad is provided – when possible – with the purchase of a main meal. The menu changes every day, and main meals cost $4.00. Holders of a valid and current Centrelink concession card are entitled to three free main meals a month*.

Opening hours Monday to Friday, serving lunch from 11.00am to 2.00pm

Hartley's is located at 211 Chapel Street, Prahran


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.