***Good news - after having to modify the Fred's Van timetable due to COVID-19, we are please to announce that as of 5 July 2020, all services will be operating. Please see updated timetable below***
What is the service?
Fred’s Van is a food service for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness and marginalisation in Adelaide. Fred’s Van has over 500 volunteers and provides approximately 550 meals a week.
We support some of the most vulnerable people in our community who experience a range of issues such as homelessness, social isolation and unemployment. Those forced to live roughly can access Fred’s Van for a hot, nutritious meal, blankets, clothing and food vouchers, donated books, social connection and referrals to other community service and Government agencies.
Who can access this service?
Anyone is welcome at any of our ten Fred’s Van sites. We especially encourage people in our community who are living roughly or in insecure accommodation to access the service. In addition, people experiencing marginalisation, social isolation and unemployment can access the service. People are under no obligation to pay for the meals or goods provided, but we do encourage people to stay and chat as a Fred’s Van community.
Where is the service located?
The service provides a hot meal, fruit and drinks, blankets and beanies at eight sites across Adelaide, as well as one site each in Port Lincoln and Port Pirie. The Adelaide sites are currently: Aldinga, CBD, Christie Downs, Kilburn, Elizabeth, Gawler, Semaphore and Salisbury.
**Please note that due to the impacts of Coronavirus (Covid-19), there has been an interruption to some Fred's Van services - please see the updated timetable below.**
Who benefits from Fred’s Van?
Fred’s Van benefits disadvantaged people and this benefit extends to family and friends of the people we serve, other not-for-profit community services and Government agencies which assist disadvantaged people. The service provides more than 40,000 nutritious meals a year, lifting personal health and inspiring the army of volunteers that enjoy making a positive difference to the wellbeing of people experiencing disadvantage. We also practice food rescue at all sites.
Ultimately the service provides a tangible benefit to the whole community by ameliorating the impact of major disadvantage on people.
Can I volunteer for this service?
Yes. Fred’s Van offers many opportunities to volunteers, all of which only require a few hours a month - find out more here. You can donate food and/or blankets, volunteer in the Fred’s Van team helping to prepare and serve the food, or donate funds to provide meals from Fred’s Van.
How can I find out more?
For more information on Fred's Van please contact our Co-ordinator on (08) 8112 8720.