Teresa Branch, the Co-ordinator of Fred’s Van, was the guest speaker at the Club’s April Dinner Meeting. Fred’s Van has a special place in the heart of our Club as we have assisted in this program for many many years.
For those who do not know what Fred’s Van is, here is a little information and a link to their Freds Van The Sauce Issue 7 – March 2014: Download PDF.
Last year the St Vincent de Paul Society assisted over 90,000 South Australians, 19,000 of whom were children, through a variety of services and programs. This help is not limited to providing material goods, food and shelter, but extends to providing relief from loneliness and encouragement for people to help themselves.
Fred’s Van is a mobile food service that provides a hot meal, fruit and drinks, blankets and beanies to the homeless and hungry. Around 500 Fred’s Van volunteers serve 25,000 meals each year, from 7 sites across Adelaide. With demand for our services ever increasing, we now have tweo regional sites in Port Lincoln and Port Pirie.
The service supports the most vulnerable people in our community who experience a range of issues such as homelessness, marginalisation, and problems of unemployment.