Vinnies is delighted to be partnering with IGA again this year to support Australians in need this Christmas.  For many, the festive season is a stressful time as they struggle to pay their bills, rent, put food on the table, keep a roof over their head – let alone dream of buying gifts for their children or prepare a special Christmas meal.   

The impacts of COVID on the Australian population has seen an increase in people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. It has also seen an increase in the risk of domestic violence. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children and at Vinnies we’ve seen an increase in the number of people seeking assistance to escape violent homes.

As always, Vinnies, with support from IGA, will be there for thousands of Australians seeking assistance to pay their bills, rent, basic expenses, and keep food on the table. We work to prevent people falling into financial stress and spiralling into homelessness.

IGA has been a national partner of Vinnies since 2012. Through the sales of IGA Community Chest products and Vinnies Appeal tokens during the festive season, IGA has raised more than $3.4 million to support our work over the past several years. Now, we’re calling for your support to raise funds to support the thousands of Australians doing it tough this Christmas and in need of a hand up to make ends meet.

Head into your local IGA or Foodland store this November and December to help locals in need by purchasing a $2 Vinnies Christmas Bauble token or any products with a Community Chest ticket.

Vinnies Christmas Bauble tokens will be on sale for $2 from 10 November to 25 December 2021, with all funds raised going directly to support people in need.

Plus, products marked with a Community Chest ticket will be available from 1 to 21 December 2021 at participating IGA stores and you can help us raise even more money just by doing your grocery shop.

What does your support provide?

Funds raised from the sale of Vinnies Christmas Bauble tokens and products with a Community Chest ticket will be used to alleviate the financial and emotional stress for many Australians and prevent them from spiralling into homelessness. For the many Australians struggling to makes ends meet, your support shows that we are all in this together. 

  • $50 can give someone a bed for a night in crisis accommodation
  • $74 can provide blankets and warm clothing for someone experiencing homelessness
  • $137 can help remove the threat of hunger for a family
  • $251 can ensure that a family has a place to sleep

IGA is a network of 1,400 independent family-owned businesses that sit at the heart of communities across Australia. Click here to find your local IGA store and thanks for your support in helping locals in need.