IGA helps get us through
Each week, IGA – a long-term corporate partner of Vinnies – delivers nutritious food items to our Fitzroy Soup Van Hub for our Vinnies volunteers to pack into food hampers distributed as part of the Vinnies’ street service. During the month of August, IGA donated enough food to fill 4,468 hampers, which equates to more than 25,000 meals. While this is an amazing contribution, it also demonstrates just how many Victorians are experiencing a food crisis. 

The Vinnies Fitzroy Soup Van Service is once again experiencing an increase in demand for our ‘rough sleeper packs’. These packs are distributed by our Vinnies volunteers who visit areas around Fitzroy, Richmond, Collingwood, North Melbourne, West Melbourne and the CBD offering a meal to people sleeping rough. IGA donates items which are easy for people living rough to manage – that is – meals which can be eaten without needing cooking or additional cutlery. Popular items include breakfast drinks, fruit cups, bottled water, tinned tuna, tinned baked beans, cheese and crackers. IGA also provides Vinnies with re-useable plastic bags in which we fill the rough sleeper packs.

Gareth, one of our regular Vinnies volunteers, fills hundreds of packs each week and finds these food items are essential to “helping everyone get through these lockdowns”. View Gareth in action

Vinnies values the support we receive from all our corporate donors which enable us to continue our good works. A huge thank you to our corporate supporter IGA, who recognise local community matters.