Bk 2 Basics Melbourne

Over 1000 people sleep rough in Melbourne every night

Bk 2 Basics Melbourne

The power of people – so many caring volunteers who contribute to our success

What began as the brainchild of Kelly Warren has evolved into a small organisation that has a range of volunteers from the local community , suppliers and corporate supporters who contribute time and goods on a regular basis.

Kelly, her husband Craig and their incredibly generous and caring daughters work side by side to provide the drive and energy to the massive task of feeding and helping as many people as they can to live with dignity and love, no matter their financial position.  



Our Super Hero

When the local council asked us to stop running our amazing programs and food pantry from our residential home, we were devastated as we truly believed that this might signal the end of Bk 2 Basics Melbourne!

Enter Joe Calleja, Managing Director of APEX Steel who, as a local businessman was all too willing and able to help find us a new home because he believed in what we do and saw an opportunity to repay the community who helped with his own successes.

Joe and his family not only located a suitable, local factory for us to move into, but generously donated the rent costs of the building to us as a way of thanking us for our community work. 

We are eternally grateful, thank you!

If you know anyone who may be in a position to help us with future expenses relating to the factory rent costs and equipment etc, please pass our details on to them. We have evolved into a highly respected and effective organisation within the community and to be able to continue our work is our only wish.

Community Pantry

We have some amazing partners and businesses from our local community who provide us with food items.

Fresh fruit and veges, canned food, bread, school lunch items, kid’s treats, water and other necessities.

We can help struggling families keep food on the table and help ensure that everyone has a healthy meal.

Every person deserves to have access to the Basics.


Community Pantry

Our amazing Community Pantry allows anyone who is in need of assistance the ability to provide some of the basic foods for their family.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned goods, kid’s lunch items, juice boxes, treats – we have a huge and ever changing variety!

Limits apply, just ask our helpful volunteers for assistance.

Community Pantry visits are by appointment only.

Appointments can be made via FB Messenger or in person at your next visit.

Visitors to the Community Pantry must hold a valid Bk 2 Basics Membership in order to enter, and these can be arranged via our Facebook page.

COVID-19 Special Rules

Community Pantry special rules

Attendance to our pantry is governed by the current COVID-19 restrictions that are set in place by Victorian State and Federal Government Health Officials.

Please check on the current restrictions and rules by visiting our Facebook page regularly.

Together with our volunteers and supporters, we are doing our very best to remain available to all that are in need of our help.

We thank you for complying with the current Stage rules and for helping us to keep our community safe.

Important Federal Government updates regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Australia as well as current recommendations and rulings regarding public safety can be found at this website:


We appreciate every bit of support that we receive from individuals, families and local businesses. Whether it be in the form of donated products, services, volunteer time, sponsorship or financial – it all combines to create support and opportunities for those in need.

We are extremely fortunate to have among us some local businesses and individuals who seem to be there in the largest possible way when we are the ones who need help.
From premises, to vehicles, to major repairs or upgrades, we are immeasurably grateful to these companies for their incredible support over the years.

We, and those that we help, feed and support, thank you dearly for your continued thoughtfulness and generosity.

The APEX Group

A local Australian manufacturer & distributor of steel building products, located in Dandenong.



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Our Basic Treasures shop is stocked with donated items at bargain prices. Our shop is what helps to fund out charity work. Things like fuel, phone power and water bills for our factory as well as supplies for our two important meal programs. Every cent from sales goes toward keeping us operating and helping those in need! Please visit us on Facebook for more information or to ask about what we do. Of course, financial contributions are also appreciated as there are always little surprises that need to be paid for – refrigeration/cool room and building maintenance and repairs, and council rates to name a few.

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