Where to find meat, vegetables, fruit and groceries for pickup or delivery within 5km.
With Stage 4 restrictions now in place locally, there are limitations on which stores are open and how far we can travel from our homes. This, along with shortages on certain items, has meant that many of us have had to rethink how we do our regular grocery shopping.
The Advantages of Shopping Local
The silver lining of lockdown is that now we can all rediscover and support our local options. Buying local has many advantages.
1. You’re helping locally owned businesses maintain their livelihood.
When you buy locally-grown produce, every part of the process – from manufacture to transport and sales – is stimulating the neighbourhood economy and supporting a local to stay in business. This decreases the risk of layoffs, foreclosures, and increases the odds that the business will be around for generations to come!
2. Better quality produce is vital for your family’s health.
Locally grown produce will more likely be in season, taste better and have more nutritional value – which has benefits for immunity-building and general health. Buying in-season, local produce is one of the greatest things you can do when shopping for your family. You can provide your family with the best tasting, most nutritious food while also supporting local growers and shopkeepers.
3. Save your money AND the environment.
Buying locally is more eco-friendly because the product doesn’t have to be shipped or transported long-distance and you can drive a shorter distance in order to arrive at your shopping destination. Transportation translates into the use of more pesticides, fuel, oil, and energy. Not only are you saving money on petrol, but you’re also contributing to the decrease in pollution.
Where to find meat, vegetables, fruit and groceries for pickup or delivery by suburb.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the culinary options available in the Hills, but it will cover most of the essentials. Select any of the links below for more information and to order – as situations are changing rapidly for small business owners, it’s best to get in touch with them before ordering to confirm opening hours or delivery options. You’ll get quality and fulfil your good deed of the day, just by making a local purchase. Buy local, save local!
Belgrave / Belgrave Heights / Belgrave South
Upper Ferntree Gully
IGA Delivery Checker
IGA Supermarkets in the Hills are all independently owned and operated, as well as being staffed with our neighbours. IGA is now providing a home delivery service to many areas, offering a choice from a range of essentials and many other popular items commonly stocked at most local IGA stores.
When you place an order with IGA Shop Online, it will be directed to your closest participating IGA store. The store will then contact you directly to confirm your requirements, pick and pack your order and arrange delivery and payment.
Click the store picker below to see if you’re eligible for delivery in your area.
Emergency food resources
If you are struggling, fresh hot takeaway meals or food parcels are available at the following locations:
• Foothills Community Care
Providing fresh hot takeaway meals at the following locations:
1. Upwey Baptist Community Church
cnr Darling Ave & Burwood Hwy,
Upwey (opposite Upwey train station). Mondays from 5.30pm.
2. Ferntree Gully Guide Hall
Underwood Rd, Ferntree Gully (opposite
train station). Wednesdays from 5.30pm.
https://www.foothillscare.org.au/ Ph 8711 8677
Home delivered meals and care packages can be ordered online through their Community Casseroles program
Other food resources are available at the following locations:
• Hope in the Hills Friday
Free grocery packs available on Friday mornings at
3 Clifford Grove, Tecoma. During COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are
essential to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Ph: 9754 6809
• Food is Free Tecoma
Groceries, meals & fresh food available 24/7.
Verandah of Tecoma Uniting Church at 1566 Burwood Highway, Tecoma
• Open Door Church Monbulk Verandah Pantry
cnr David Hill and Moxhams
Rds, Monbulk. Available 24/7. Ph. 9756 6700
Main St, Upwey, beside Bendigo Bank. Hot soup plus blankets,
clothing and etc available. Fridays 3pm-7pm. Ph. 0409 607 610
Even though we are shopping more locally now due to necessity, by supporting our local traders we can do our part to keep our small community businesses alive.
If you have or know of a business that you’d like to see added to this list, make a comment below, and be sure to share this list to help others in the community.