By Sean Mortell – published September 2021
In the past year or so, the need for help has only increased for international students trying to make it through the challenges of Covid-19. The isolation and lack of basic connection has left many struggling to get jobs and create a healthy lifestyle on the other side of the world from home.
We’ll take you through some of the resources you can tap into if you’re in need of food while living overseas and studying.
The many food programs being run by universities is the best and most obvious choice for getting help. This should be your first port of call.
For example, Melbourne University has free food packs being offered to any of their international students in need. Search for similar terms on your university’s and you may find similar programs being run to offer food and assistance. With most international students living close to their uni campuses where these programs are being run, it is the most Covid-safe and effective way of getting food assistance for free when required. It is also easier to fulfil criteria and confirm identity, making the whole process smoother.
With the lockdown majorly impacting Victoria and New South Wales, Foodbank has turned their efforts towards these eastern states to provide extra help. Take a look through their website to see the support packages on offer, ranging from small financial assistance to the food options ready to ship out.
Ask has come into its own while offering food packages for Victorians requiring critical help. If you need a place to stay, clothes or food in quick time, Ask Izzy is the perfect website to look through — they are ready around the clock to provide support when required.
Having been operating to help those in need with anything for many years, the Salvos have the facilities to provide anything, including food. Get in touch with the Salvos on their website.
Khalsa Aid is a massive non-government organisation that prides itself on helping out in crisis areas, such as war-torn countries or disaster zones. But they also have had an instrumental hand in providing assistance to those struggling in Australia throughout the pandemic. Their website lists the food relief options they have available, so be sure to check it out to see if any of their services suit your needs.
Another popular option is the St Vincent de Paul Society (known as Vinnies), also offering food packages and donated goods. Their website provides contacts and options available for assistance, depending on which state or territory you are in.
Grow Free is a food and produce company that is now opening their doors to offer food programs and relief options. Sustained around community help and fresh environment growth, Grow Free’s website has many ideas based around compassion that includes providing food relief to international students.
Red Cross is another reliable option if you wish to seek food relief during these difficult times. Visit their website to assess options and contact them to book in relief programs as an international student.
Lastly, these state and city-based student programs links can also offer food assistance when required, depending on where you are located: