Meals service in need of support

HELP: Dean Richardson, Jo hay, Karen Clayton, Barb Richardson, Paul Cleland, Krystyna Winters ready to serve dinner for Fred's Van.
HELP: Dean Richardson, Jo hay, Karen Clayton, Barb Richardson, Paul Cleland, Krystyna Winters ready to serve dinner for Fred's Van.

FRED’S Van offers vulnerable people in the Port Lincoln community a weekly Sunday meal they can count on and now the service itself is in need of some support and more volunteers. 

Each Sunday, a group of volunteers opens the doors to the Catholic Church hall and serves soup and dinner to anyone who needs it.

Local coordinator Cath Blake said the service depended on the funds raised through its biennial community sleep out, which last year raised $15,000.

Ms Blake said while all of that money stayed in Port Lincoln, it had to cover two years worth of meals for close to 2000 people a year. 

“The Port Lincoln Hotel donate soup to us every week and Bakers Delight give us bread but it would be great it we could find other partnerships with local businesses,” she said.

“Then the money we get from the sleep out will go so much further.”

She said she would also like to see the service reach more vulnerable members of the community by running a bus throughout the colder months.

“We get between 70 and 80 people over the summer months but that drops to about 30 over winter,” she said. 

“Maybe it’s too cold or maybe it gets dark too early so I think it would be good if we could help people out with some transport.”

Ms Blake said Fred’s Van was looking for new volunteers as almost all of the volunteers were those who originally joined seven years ago.

“If there is anyone who thinks they can spare a couple of hours one Sunday night every eight weeks, I would encourage them to get in touch with me.”

To find out more contact Cath Blake on 0433 810 550.