Vinnies soups up services for the poor

ORANGE'S St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a soup kitchen to help support disadvantaged members of the community.

The soup kitchen follows the launch of a night patrol van earlier this week, which will travel to areas in east Orange every fortnight to hand out sandwiches and drinks.

The projects are the brainchild of the St Anthony's Vinnies Conference, a group of young volunteers that aim to assist the community by donating their time.

Vinnies volunteer Rosie Frecklington said it was important to recognise that people in rural areas - and not just major cities - are in need of help

“Soup kitchens and night patrol vans have been around in cities for a long time - but it's not only in the cities where there are needy and homeless people. That happens in Orange, too,” she said.

“They [the St Anthony's Vinnies Conference] were looking at something they could do to help the community, which in the past has mainly included visitations.

“But they wanted to do something different this time.”

The soup kitchen will be open every second Friday from 12pm to 2pm (in the off week of Centrelink payments) at the Senior Citizens’ Centre in Kite Street, and has been assisted by Harris Farm Markets, who donated the vegetables for the soup.

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