In Victoria, demand for our Vinnies Soup Van support has increased to 780,000 meals over the last year and to answer that we introduced a mobile pantry to meet the need in the Berwick area to serve the people in need. The number of families waiting in line has risen by over 235%, and in January 2023 alone, we served more than 5,000 meals to those in need—the highest since its opening.
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As I toured the Inner-city Soup Van Hub facility, the need for our services was evident as we discussed our most vulnerable Victorians’ growing need for food. People are seeking support for food after paying for other necessities such as rent, mortgage, utilities, petrol, public transport, medical and education expenses.
On Saturday 2 September 2023, at St Clare’s Catholic Church, Box Hill North, we celebrated the annual A Call to Serve event and honoured the contribution of our members and volunteers, who have been steadfast in delivering outstanding service to the people we assist.
Honourees this year included: John Brown (Croydon Conference), Frank Ledda (Ozanam House volunteer), John & Marie O’Brien (Cobden Conference), Lola Rowe (Sunbury Conference) and volunteers from the Welfare Call Centre Box Hill.
For Miriam, the mobile pantry means she can stock up on essential food items and high protein canned items like beans.
My life was good but a dramatic life event and years of self-neglect led to the beginning of this chapter in my life.
Shirley started in her local Vinnies Shop when the world was singing along to the brand new film Grease.
Kerry and Michael see first-hand how the Vinnies mobile pantries brings food and warmth to Victorians in need.
Help break the cycle of homelessness by joining business leaders who will sleep out on the longest night of the year. It’s a single night sleeping rough to raise funds and awareness on how we can help change lives.
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