Supermarket priority delivery services
Coles, IGA and Woolworths have all established priority delivery services for online orders.
I (Guy) have recently been helping some of our members to register for these services by talking them through the process on the phone or even by actually registering for them. If you would like such help, please do not hesitate to call me on 0411 520 850.
The service is primarily for people aged over 65 with a My Aged Care number or NDIS number. To apply for their priority service, you need to have an online account with them. Go to their online store, click the 'login / sign up' button on the right hand side, and sign up. After you log in, the top part of the screen should say 'Coles Online Priority Service' and there should be a red 'apply now' button on the right.
Foodworks currently does not appear to have a priority delivery service over and above its longstanding one for NDIS participants.
The service is for people aged 70+, people who are immunosuppressed, people with a disability and people who are required to self-isolate.
Start by going to their online shop. To apply for priority assistance, you need to have an online account with them. If you already have one, login by clicking the red 'login' button; if you don't yet have an online account with them, create one by clicking the red 'register for account' button. As part of the registration process, you will be asked if you wish to register for their priority service.
For Woolworths, the service effectively covers most of our membership. For example, you are eligible if you have a Seniors Card, a My Aged Care number, a NDIS number, compromised immunity, are in mandatory self-isolation, or self-define yourself as disabled.
Start by going to their priority assistance request form page. To apply for priority assistance, you need to have an online account with them. If you already have one, login by clicking the green 'login' button; if you don't yet have an online account with them, create one by clicking the green 'create account' button.
After you login in, their priority assistance request form should appear.
Bakers Delight in Eltham are offering a home delivery service to "all our elderly, disabled and mobility-restricted locals" plus "those who are self isolating or just restricting their movements". Ring them on 9439 4284 by 11am Monday to Friday.
Bolton Street Fruit Market (in the group of shops where Bolton Street and Main Road meet in the south of Eltham) will put a box of fruit and vegetables together and you just have to go to the door and collect it. Alternatively, they will deliver to postcodes 3088, 3093, 3094 and 3095. Phone: 9439 5654. Text: 0478 067 733.
Earthbound Bolton Café (at 5/266 Bolton Street, near the 24 hour medical clinic) will deliver fruit, vegetables, milk, bread, eggs and other staples. Note that they are no longer doing takeaway. Read their Facebook page. Tel: 9439 3932.
Fine Fruits Of Eltham are doing free delivery for orders $30 or more. Orders can be placed Monday to Friday before midday for same day delivery. Order by phone (9439 8644) or email (email@example.com). If you want, they can give you a list of their available produce.
Organic Fix (937 Main Road) has started a home delivery service throughout postcode 3095 and the surrounding suburbs. They sell a wide range of nuts, seeds, grains, spices, fruit and vegetables, as well staples like bread, milk, eggs, oats and soap. Most of what they sell is Certified Organic. The home delivery service will be free to anyone in postcode 3095 subject to a minimum $50 order. Orders in surrounding suburbs will be an $8 delivery fee for orders $50-100 and free for orders of $100+. You can order either over the phone (9424 1861) or by dropping off your list.
strong>Stephens Meats (128 Bolton Street, Eltham) have free deliveries for orders over $30. They deliver on Tuesdays and Fridays. Place your order by phone (9439 2511) before midday on delivery days or on any other day.
Ginger Garlic, who are an Indian restaurant in Eltham, have started doing both a delivery serviuce (postcode 3095 only) and takeaway. Order by phone (9439 4423).
Maki Sushi, the Eltham eatery, are starting a delivery service for postcodes 3094 and 3095. The minimum order is $30 and a delivery fee of $5 applies. Text your order through to 0459 569 292
Three of the local food shops are working in partnership to offer free, contactless home delivery, or pick up at the shops. They are Local Fine Foods (fruit and vegetables), DC Meats and Bakers Delight. Contact Local Fine Foods (who can take orders for all three shops) by email, phone (0433 435 142 or 0438 604 339) or Facebook messenger (Local Fine Foods).
Piccolo Meccanico are doing free home delivery of coffee beans and ground coffee. Order online.
The Lettuce Inn is offering delivery in Hurstbridge (free) or surrounding suburbs ($5), or pickup at the shop (803 Main Road). Order by email or phone (9718 1150).
Black Vice Café & Roastery, who are a cafe in Hurstbridge, are doing home-delivered food boxes for $65. These boxes will typically contain a variety of fruit and vegetables plus milk and flour. Order by phone (9718 1386) for delivery on a Wednesday. Read their Facebook page to see what is in next week's box.
Hot Coals Catering, who are a catering company based in Hurstbridge, are delivering ready-to-eat meals. Order online.
Hurstbridge Deli and Larder, who are a deli based in Hurstbridge, will take phone orders (9718 1034) and deliver.
Metropolitan & Rural Milk, who are based in Hurstbridge, will deliver milk, cheese, yoghurt, bread and eggs anywhere in Nillumbik or in the eastern side of Banyule. Order online.
Massaros, who are an Italian restaurant in Kangaroo Ground, have started selling a variety of both hot meals and home-cook cold meals for either delivery or takeaway. Order online.
Monty Fresh Produce, who are a greengrocer based in Montmorency, are doing free delivery for orders over $30 to postcodes 3083, 3084, 3085, 3087, 3088, 3089, 3090, 3091, 3093, 3094, 3095, 3752, 3754, 3085 and 3757. Order online.
Emergency food relief
The State has announced an emergency relief program to support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods. Food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant. The packages will be delivered door-to-door. It will be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with Foodbank Victoria. You can access the scheme by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.