In August 2020, IGA announced it was sponsoring one of St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria’s (Vinnies Victoria) soup van services with groceries every week until the end of the year. Vinnies Fitzroy-Collingwood Soup Van Hub is a COVID-19-safe service delivering vital contactless food hampers and parcels to families and individuals who are doing it tough in the area.
The demand for this service is high. In August alone, the Fitzroy-Collingwood Soup Van Hub delivered more than 20,000 meals to individuals and families, which equates to a 55% increase since March.
The Victorian-based sponsorship will see IGA provide 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 Soup Van Hub. The hampers are delivered to Melbournians in temporary accommodation and local rough sleepers after people request assistance through the charity’s Assistance Call Centre.