Soup Van Volunteers - Footscray

Job No: SVDP395
Location: Footscray

Do you: 

  • Have a passion for giving a 'hand up' to individuals experiencing disadvantage?
  • Love giving back to your local community?
  • Enjoy engaging with people from all walks of life?
  • Like to lend a hand in the kitchen?



If you do, we would love you to join the Footscray Soup Van team of volunteers, providing nourishment, companionship and a smile

to those living on the fringe.


There are many aspects for you to get involved in, including:

  • Preparing delicious hot meals in a kitchen 
  • Distributing food on the Soup Van Run
  • Providing much needed companionship, blankets, toiletries and snacks


More specifically you will have:

  • A 'Can Do' attitude and positive team spirit
  • A commitment to food safety principles
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • The ability to commit to once a week or once a fortnight for at least 6 months


A little about us:

Established in 1980, the Matthew Talbot Soup Van - Footscray provides meals six nights a week to people experiencing disadvantage & homelessness in the Footscray, Maidstone, Newport and Williamstown areas. 

The primary aim of the SVDP Soup Van Program is to offer food, compassion, genuine concern and a connection with the outside world, to people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness and disadvantage. Through the acceptance of each individual and their lifestyle, it is hoped that feelings of dignity, self-esteem, worth and value as a person are inspired. The Soup Van Program operates within the Mission, Vision and inspired Values of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

The Soup Van Program is supported by over 1300 dedicated volunteers grouped into teams and headed by a Soup Van President for each Soup Van Operation. Over 250,000 meals are served annually by the volunteers, with the Soup Vans operating 365 days a year, rain, hail or shine! The Soup Van Volunteers (or Vannies, as they are affectionately known), journey the streets, parks, boarding/rooming houses, public and community housing estates delivering soup, sandwiches, fruit and other food and drinks.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to provide a 'hand up' to individuals experiencing disadvantage and combat social injustice.

Click here to Watch 'A night on the Soup Van" .




Please note: Opportunities are only available to those aged 18 years and over.



Please note that prior to engaging in any Volunteer activity with the St Vincent de Paul Society some checks are required. These will include a National Criminal History Check and current Working with Children Check .


St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is proactive in supporting child safety


Personal Details * Required field