To show their support for National Homelessness Week, Grill’d have provided burgers for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
On Tuesday night, the Grill’d team at Canberra Centre worked with Vinnies to deliver burgers to those accessing the Vinnies Night Patrol van in Civic.
Vinnies Night Patrol vans offer material aid and refreshments at locations across Canberra 364 nights a year.
“While the food and warm items we provide help ease the physical pressure of poverty, the social connection people get by visiting us helps relieve the social isolation and stigma that often accompanies homelessness,” said Natalie Wright, a volunteer with Vinnies Night Patrol.
Grill’d has supported many local Vinnies programs through their Local Matters initiative in restaurants and have had teams involved in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for the past two years.
“Homelessness is an issue we at Grill’d believe deserves our attention and action all year round. Partnering with Vinnies we’ve been able to step up our support, through our Relish 8 and Donate national program and at a local level too, with initiatives like this from our passionate Canberra Centre team” said Adam Stapleton, Grill’d CEO.
Grill’d has an established national relationship with Vinnies. As part of their ‘Relish’ membership program, guests have the choice to donate meals to Vinnies food services across the country after 8 scans. In the ACT alone over 230 meals have been donated since the program launched in May.
“Vinnies is grateful for the support of the Grill’d team, both locally and nationally. We’re always appreciative of the corporations that use their influence to make a positive impact on society,” said Erin MacArthur, Director of Community Engagement, St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. This year the theme is ‘Housing ends Homelessness’.
8 August 2019