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8 cheap food options in Port Macquarie for university students plus a list of markets and food banks

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Here are some ways to save money on food in Port Macquarie:

1. Shop at local markets: Port Macquarie has several local markets where you can buy fresh produce at a lower cost than supermarkets. 2. Cook at home: Eating out can be expensive, so cooking your own meals at home can help you save money. 3. Plan meals in advance: Planning your meals in advance and making a shopping list can help you avoid impulse purchases and stick to your budget. 4. Buy in bulk: Buying non-perishable items in bulk can help you save money in the long run. 5. Use coupons and discounts: Look for coupons and discounts for grocery stores and restaurants in Port Macquarie to help you save money. 6. Grow your own produce: If you have a green thumb, consider starting a vegetable garden and growing your own food. 7. Take advantage of special deals: Many grocery stores and restaurants in Port Macquarie offer special deals and discounts, so keep an eye out for these promotions. 8. Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods: These types of foods tend to be more expensive and often less healthy than whole, fresh foods.

By following these tips, you can save money on food in Port Macquarie while still enjoying delicious meals.

Monthly markets in Port Macquarie:


Real Food Local Produce Markets 12pm to 6pm, Port Central Hay Street Forecourt, Port Macquarie


Kendall Bazaar and The Meeting Place 9am to 12pm, Kendall Community Centre 19 Comboyne Street, Kendall


Port Macquarie Art Society Market Bazaar 8am to 1pm, Hamilton House 198 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie


Uniting Church Markets 8am to 11am, Uniting Church Cnr. Oxley Highway & Sherwood Rd, Port Macquarie


Town Square Market 10am - 2pm, Horton Street, Port Macquarie


Grown and Gathered Community Markets 9am to 12pm, 1493 Pappinbarra Road, Pappinbarra


Kendall Community Markets 9am to 12pm, Kendall Showground. Kendall SECOND SATURDAY

Johns River Markets 8am to 12.30pm, Johns River Community Hall & Recreation Reserve Johns River Road, Johns River


The Foreshore Markets 9am to 2pm, Westport Park Cnr Buller & Park Streets, Port Macquarie


Laurieton Riverwalk Markets 8am to 1pm, Cnr. Tunis & Short Street, Laurieton


Wauchope Farmers’ Markets 8am to 12pm, Wauchope Showground High Street, Wauchope


Maritime Museum 9.00am - 2.00pm, William Street, Port Macquarie

Links to local markets

Food Banks in Port Macquarie:

  1. 4Life at 10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie. In online reviews, customers have said: "Great organisation friendly staff, what an asset to the community"; "Amazing people really helped me when I needed it"; "Really kind beautiful staff I'm so thankful for all your help".

  2. St Vincent de Paul Society Foodbank: This food bank operates as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society and provides assistance to those in need, including food, clothing, and household items. Customers appreciate the wide range of products available and the helpful staff. The food bank is located centrally at 116 Gordon St, Port Macquarie, making it easy for those in need to access.

  3. Salvation Army Port Macquarie Foodbank: This food bank operates as part of the Salvation Army and provides emergency food assistance to those in need. They rely on donations from the community to provide food and supplies to those in need. Customers appreciate the compassionate staff and the well-stocked pantry. The food bank is located in a convenient location in Port Macquarie, making it easily accessible for those in need.

PMQ has a variety of local markets and food banks that offer quality products and compassionate assistance to those in need. Whether you're looking for fresh produce, handmade goods, or emergency food assistance, Port Macquarie has something to offer. By supporting these local businesses and organizations, you can help strengthen the community and improve the quality of life for those in need. References:

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