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Vinnies soup van still missing after two days

Police have yet to locate the St Vincent de Paul Society's Melbourne Soup Van stolen from a suburban Footscray service station earlier this week.

State President Syd Tutton yesterday expressed the Society's thanks to the news media for the excellent support and coverage given and the distress caused to the disadvantaged and marginalised by the theft of the soup van.

In true Society spirit, volunteers took to the streets using their own vehicles delivering sandwiches, drinks and soup to more than 100 people in Footscray, Yarraville and Williamstown.

The Toyota Hiace van, which is on the road 365 days a year, had been prepared for its nightly delivery of 100 meals to the homeless when it was taken. Each night the Footscray Soup Van, with the aid of 100 volunteers, assists up to 140 people.

More than 300 volunteers run the Victorian Soup Vans providing meals and friendship to people on the streets and in need. Vinnies has six soup vans that provide over 147,000 meals to people every year.

St Vincent de Paul Society (Vic)

St Vincent de Paul Society (Vic)

5 Jun 2003