VU has partnered with SecondBite to provide students with free, healthy frozen meals to eat at home.

Find out about the program and how to register.

About the program

To support our students, Victoria University has partnered with SecondBite, a local not-for-profit organisation, to provide free healthy frozen meals to eat at home.

SecondBite is a leading national food rescue organisation that works with a range of food suppliers to rescue surplus fresh food from across the network, and redistributes it to local charities and non-profits around Australia. These groups run food programs to support people in need in their communities.

With latest figures revealing that more than 5 million people in Australia experience food insecurity at least once in the course of a year, SecondBite exists to make sure that good food is getting to people who need it most, rather than to landfill.

VU is thrilled to partner with SecondBite to provide meals to our students while pursuing our commitment to Planetary Health:

In all that we do in our research, our teaching, on our campuses and in our communities, we work to improve the health and wellbeing of our local and global communities, and the planet that we share.

About the meals

The frozen meals prepared by SecondBite come in either 1kg packs (providing 3-4 standard servings) or 250g packs, which provide a single serve meal.

As the meals are prepared based on ingredients available to SecondBite at the time, there is no set menu or option to order specific meals. As such, stock availability will vary and there is no guarantee a particular option will be available on collection.

Meal options are limited to vegetarian or non-vegetarian (containing meat), and availability is limited to the options delivered by SecondBite each week.

Chicken, bean and cheese burrito - an example of the delicious meals available.

How to register

Current students can register interest in receiving free weekly meal packs using the Victoria University App. Please download the VU App first before scanning the QR code or clicking the registration link.

On your computer? Scan the QR code with your phone to open the app and register.

On your mobile? Register now (link will open the app).

Once you are registered:

  1. You will receive an email confirmation to your student email account with all the information you need about picking up your meal packs, including where to go, which day and time.
    Bring with you:
    • your Student ID (digital ID on VU App or physical Student ID card if you don’t have a smartphone)
    • a bag to carry your meals home in (preferably insulated to keep your meals frozen longer).
  2. Arrive at the collection location on your allocated day. Remember to check in using the Service Victoria QR code. You must also complete your daily health screening via the VU Safe App and login to the VU WiFi network (Eduroam).
  3. To ensure your safety and to comply with physical distancing requirements, please follow the instructions from the volunteers at the collection location.
  4. Collect what you need for the week and take your meals straight home and store them in a freezer. To prepare your meals to eat, follow the instructions on the pack, then enjoy your meal!

Scan the QR code to open the VU App and register your interest.

Where & when to collect meals

The frozen meal packs will be available for you to collect from Footscray Nicholson Campus on your allocated collection day.

When registering for free meals, please select your preferred day.

Meals will be available for collection during the following times each week:

  • Tuesdays, 11am-1pm
  • Thursdays, 3-5pm.

Meals can be collected at the Nicholson Street outdoor courtyard (between buildings T and N).

Look out for the blue Student Life tent and friendly VU Vollies.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, only current VU students are eligible to receive free meal packs.

After you register your interest to receive meal packs via the VU App, you will receive an email confirmation to your student email account. The email will confirm which day and time to pick up your meal packs.

The pick-up location is Footscray Nicholson campus, outdoor courtyard between buildings T and N (look out for the blue Student Life tent and friendly VU Vollies).

Find out more about getting there.

If you do not wish to travel to pick up a meal through Victoria University's free meal packs program, there may be some alternative food relief and community support programs available to you.

Listed below are some examples of such programs. As they are not directly affiliated to the University, we recommend that you contact the program or service directly, to make sure you are eligible to receive support.

For VU Sydney students visit:

Unfortunately, we can't guarantee that dietary requirements can be catered to.

As the meals prepared by SecondBite are based on the ingredients they have available, unfortunately we are unable to arrange orders to meet dietary requirements. The supply of vegetarian and vegan meals is also unpredictable and limited

Yes. You must bring your Student ID (digital ID or physical card) and a bag to carry your meal packs. To help your meal packs stay frozen, we recommend you bring an insulated bag.

You also need to bring a smartphone or device to scan the Service Victoria QR code and to complete your daily health screening via the VU Safe app.

No, once you have registered your interest and received your confirmation email, you will be considered for ongoing weekly meal collections. This will depend on meal availability that is subject to change and therefore not guaranteed. You can opt-out of this program at any time.

Yes, you can opt out at any time. To opt out, use the Victoria University App or email us at [email protected] to let us know you no longer want to receive free meal packs. Your confirmation email will also have instructions on how to opt out.

To ensure you receive the meal packs you registered for, you must pick up your own meals.

If you are unwell and cannot come to Footscray Nicolson campus, you need to advise us by emailing [email protected] and nominate someone else to pick up on your behalf.

The number of meals available per person will depend on demand. We receive a set number of meals, and will aim to provide at least five meals per week per person.

If we have more students signed up than expected, we may not be able to provide this many. Alternatively with lesser demand, you may be able to take home more!

As there is no set menu or option to order specific meals, you won't know what you’re getting until you arrive at the pick-up location.

Previous meals have included chicken burritos, Italian meatballs, mushroom and lentil stroganoff and Korean chicken.

Absolutely. To ensure everyone's safety, you must follow all physical distancing measures that are in place. Our friendly volunteers will be there to guide you.

Remember to use the VU Safe App to complete your COVID screening and log on to the VU WiFi network (Eduroam) when visiting campus.

If you have any questions or no longer want to receive free meal packs, please email [email protected]

Your wellbeing is important to us. There are a range of student support and wellbeing services available to students.

If you have any questions, find more answers on ASKVU, email us, speak to us via live chat or call us on +61 3 9919 6100.

Victoria University's free meal service program will run until the end of 2021, with the possibility of being extended if there is continued demand for this service.

The VU Student Support team can assist you with financial advice to help you manage your study expenses and living costs.

You can make a confidential appointment to talk to a Senior Advisor - Welfare, or use our handy resources and learn about your loan and scholarship options. You may also be eligible for a no interest loan.

You may also email [email protected]du.au from your VU email account.

https://www.vu.edu.au/current-students/campus-life/advice-support/financial-advice-support

Make an appointment

The Free Food for VU Students program is currently only available to VU Students located in Melbourne.

To find a program located near you, we recommend you check out the following resource:

https://www.study.sydney/programs/food-assistance

Contact us

To discuss the program further, please email us at [email protected].

If you have any other questions, find answers on ASKVU, email us, speak to us via live chat or call us on +61 3 9919 6100.