For thousands of Victorians, the coronavirus crisis meant that, for the first time, they were struggling to put food on the table, but thanks to our friends at IGA we have been able to continue to support more people and communities in need.

Vinnies Soup Van Manager, Sarah Cromie said: “We are proud to partner with IGA whose stores are in most of the communities we support. Many families and individuals in Melbourne are under intense financial hardship and uncertain job prospects due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 and we have seen a doubling of demand on some of our services recently.”

IGA provides Vinnies Victoria’s Fitzroy-Collingwood Soup Van Hub – a Covid-19-safe service delivering vital food hampers and parcels to families and individuals who are doing it tough in the area – with groceries every week as a part of this partnership. The Victorian sponsorship provides non-perishable items including baked beans, pasta, instant noodles, tinned vegetables, tuna, soup and water to be included in hampers packed at Vinnies’ Fitzroy-Collingwood Food Hub.

In Victoria, more than 130 Vinnies volunteers – or ‘Vannies’ – deliver the hampers to people in need. In July 2020 alone, the Collingwood and Fitzroy Soup Van served more than 16,500 people with food through hampers or individual meals.

Victorian IGA retailer, Joseph Piedimonte, who runs a store in North Fitzroy, says: “We knew we had to do more given the current situation for many Victorians and are thrilled to extend our relationship with Vinnies and further support people in our local communities who are doing it really tough.” 

We are thankful to IGA for their constant support and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership!