New Partnership in Salisbury Brings Fred’s Van Meal Service in From the Cold

Released on 25 July 2017

Vinnies’ Fred’s Van service, which offers a free, warm, nutritious meal to men, women and children who are doing it tough, has moved indoors at its Salisbury site thanks to the generosity and support of the Salisbury Council.

Vinnies has moved its Fred’s Van service indoors at many South Australian locations and the Salisbury move is well timed for the winter season. David Wark, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society SA (Vinnies) said “An inside location is ideal for our Fred’s Van service, not only so people can eat in dignity but also for the social opportunity. It’s so valuable for people to be able to sit down together and share a chat as well as a meal.”

Vinnies 10 Fred’s Van services in SA are made possible through the generous donations of the South Australian community, who are currently digging deep to donate to the Vinnies Winter Appeal or the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Vinnies has 3,000 volunteers in SA, far more than its 75 staff, which means the vast proportion of donations go directly to South Australians in need.

Fred’s Van Salisbury served 2,832 meals over 2016 and currently averages 70 meals on a Sunday night, around 20% of these served to children. Last year, 40,000 meals were served by Vinnies Fred’s Vans across South Australia. Vinnies focuses on providing food, shelter and clothing, assisting 100,000 South Australians in need each year primarily through its home visitation service, Fred’s Van service and Vinnies shops - where vouchers are provided to those in need and purchases fund Vinnies local services.

 Demand in SA is expecting to increase as unemployment and the cost of living, particularly utilities prices, rises. Unemployment in Adelaide’s northern suburbs brought about by the imminent Holden closure is expected to make a significant impact this year.

No person need go hungry. For individuals and families in need.

No appointment or booking required.

Free meal. 6pm sharp. Twelve25 Youth Centre / Salisbury Institute complex, 17 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury.