An Altona North cafe that offers $3 meals is expanding its operation to Sunshine.

UrCommunity was founded by husband-and-wife team Paula Hall and Peter Malliaros four years ago to provide affordable meal options to those in need.

“We’re about helping the community with food security,” Mr Malliaros said.

“This is about human rights and we believe this is a key strategy in helping the one million Australians going to bed hungry every night.”

Mr Malliaros said the Sunshine move followed the success of the Altona North cafe.

“We’re now moving to a management model which means we’ll be able to open up more of these sites,” he said. “We want to be able to open one in every council area across Australia.”

While the venture has proven to be a success, Mr Malliaros said it hadn’t been without its challenges, including a slow start.

“Word eventually spread and in the past six months we’ve served 32,000 meals to the community,” he said.

Ms Hall said the decision to set up in Sunshine West made sense.

“I grew up in Sunshine West and I know some of the challenges in the area,” she said. “This is our answer to capsicum costing $3.”

The cafe, which will be on Somerville Road, will offer eat-in and take-away meals and will be running by the end of January.