Fitzroy Soup Van

Fitzroy Soup Van

The Fitzroy Soup Van commenced operation on 26 June 1975, instigated by a small number of people who wanted to provide soup, sandwiches and community to people experiencing homelessness in the city. With considerable assistance from St Vincent de Paul Society and the Catholic parish network the small group of volunteers acquired a van and permission to operate out of Ozanam House. Since then, the Fitzroy Soup Van Operation has grown into a trusted and reliable service for a daily meal and social connection for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage across the inner city.

This soup van offers food, social connection, and referral pathways out of homelessness and poverty, to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and disadvantage.

Last year our 589 volunteers provided 88,503 meals. 

Based at a kitchen in North Melbourne and operating seven night per week, this soup van operation has two distinct runs. One run provides support at five public street stops across Fitzroy and the CBD. The other run provides support at boarding/rooming houses and social housing in North Melbourne, Fitzroy and the CBD.

Who can access the Fitzroy Soup Van?

The Fitzroy Soup Van is a free service available to anyone in the Fitzroy, North Melbourne and CBD areas. We typically support people experiencing homelessness, housing instability or financial difficulties. 

When does the Soup Van work?

  You’ll find us out every night. 

  The Fitzroy Soup Van stops are as follows with arrival times between: 


Corner Boundary & McCauley Roads, North Melbourne 

  7:45-8:00pm All Saints Church, 174 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy,
near corner of Brunswick & King William Streets
  8:15-8:45pm Federation Square, Russell Street, Melbourne CBD
  9:00-9:45pm Launch Housing Southbank (formerly Hanover House), Haig Street, Southbank
  9:30-10:00pm Queen Victoria Market (Peel Street) car park – between Victoria & Franklin Streets

*Note: Approximate arrival time listed

To donate

The Fitzroy Soup Van Operation relies on the generosity of donors, both financial and those that can provide in-kind support. If you would like to make a donation, please view our donations list HERE and emaill

To volunteer

If you would like to enquire to volunteer, please complete our online volunteer registration form HERE.

For general questions regarding our service, please email