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PLEASE NOTE: Some of these services may, at times, move to phone based appointments.
There are organisations across South Australia that help people struggling with the cost of living pressures by providing the basic essentials. Support such as food, food vouchers, e-vouchers, blankets, clothes, assistance with bills, utilities and furniture. Help may also include medications, access to free glasses, and referrals for assistance with dental care.
Many centres provide budget counselling and mentoring, financial counselling, personal counselling and links to other community programs.
Scroll down the page to find support near you in the location listings below.
Community meals are free and low cost meals provided across Adelaide and South Australia. Some services provide take home packs. Please check with each service to see if there is a cost as well as when and where the meals are provided.
If you require essentials such as food and other assistance please refer to [Emergency Relief](https://www.affordablesa.com.au/programs/food/emergency-relief).
Provides a free hot meal, blankets, clothing, food vouchers, books and referral to other community services and government agencies. Fred's Van is open to anyone in need and operates at ten locations across Adelaide and regional South Australia.
The Fred's Van Timetable showing when and where the vans will be located is available below and at their website.
A food pantry offers free or low cost food and groceries to the community. For further information, please see the closest location to you for further details.
Puddle Jumpers provide a drive-by food collection service at various locations across Adelaide.
For a cash donation (a gold coin or what you can spare) they provide fruit, vegetables, bread and pantry items when available. All are welcome.
This service is available at the locations listed below at the specified times. Please note that the collection points are in car parks and Puddle Jumpers have asked that you remain in your vehicle to await instruction from their volunteers.
[Heart & Soul Group](https://heartandsoulgroup.org/) provides fruit, veg, bakery and pantry items to vulnerable families and people in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery and some pantry items are available for attendees to choose for themselves. Discounted snack foods and other extras are available to be purchased.
Western Suburbs Free Food Market at Wingfield is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm at 30 Fourth St, Wingfield (closed public holidays)
Northern Suburbs Free Food Market is open every Wednesday 12pm to 2pm at Para Districts Masonic Centre, 77 Phillip Highway, Elizabeth South
If you are unable to attend any of the Free Food Markets and require food assistance, please order a free food hamper via the [online store](https://heartandsoulgroup.org/online-shopping). A $10 delivery charge applies.
Deliveries will be made as follows:
- Central Adelaide Suburbs - beach to the foothills, Wingfield to Seacombe Gardens: Every Friday, orders must be placed by Midday Thursday
- Southern Suburbs - from the hill up, to Aldinga Beach to Victor Harbour: Every Tuesday, orders must be placed by Midday Monday
- Northern Suburbs - Wingfield to Lewiston: Every Wednesday, orders must be placed by Midday Tuesday
- Adelaide Hills - Mt Barker/Strathalbyn/Nairne/Murray Bridge: Every Thursday, orders must be placed by Midday Wednesday
Delivery addresses cannot be changed once the hamper is on its work. If you will not be at the address specified on your order, your hamper will be left in a safe place at your delivery address.
Unfortunately dietary requirements cannot be accommodated, so please take this into account when placing your order.
All welcome, no Centrelink or health care cards are required.
Meals on Wheels SA provides support to members of the community to live independently by providing fresh meals delivered to your door.
A three course meal is $15 and consists of a soup, main course and desert. MyAgedCare concessions can bring this down to $9 and in some cases as low as $4.75 depending on your benefits.
Who can get meals? Anyone can get meals. There are no restrictions or strict guidelines for receiving Meals on Wheels SA.
Anyone who can't shop or cook for themselves with ease, along with anyone who considers themselves 'in need' can receive meals.
This may include an elderly individual, someone recovering from a hospital visit, an individual with a disability or even a time poor family.
You can arrange meals for yourself or for someone else and if they need help filling out documentation for MyAgedCare concessions then they can guide you through the process.
If you would like to arrange a meals service subsidised by the Commonwealth Home Support Program, you will need to be registered with MyAgedCare.
The Faithworks Assist food service provides food for free to those in need, across the Adelaide area and also in some regional areas of South Australia.
To enable Faithworks to service such a large geographical area, they rely on other agencies and churches to host food giveaways.
To be advised of services, locations and times, follow Faithworks Assist on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Faithworks.assist