Cooking up a treat for the needy

Published on
14 February 2020

Volunteers of a service that has fed Hobart’s homeless for more than 25 years are now cooking with gas following the installation of a new stove at their headquarters.

Loui’s Van is an after-hours mobile service that has been serving areas of greater Hobart since 1992, providing food as well as information and support to those in need.

But an ageing stove was making it increasingly difficult to feed the estimated 50 people each night, ranging from children to the elderly, who reach out for help.

Aurora Energy funded the purchase of a new freestanding cooker after an employee noticed the outdated appliance whilst volunteering at St Vincent de Paul over Christmas.

Loui's Van Coordinator, Simon Terhell said the new stove would make the world of difference in preparation times.

“Vinnies Tas and, in particular Loui’s Van, are very grateful to Aurora Energy for their generous donation of the new stove. The spirit in which Aurora Energy has engaged with Vinnies is fantastic and demonstrates a praiseworthy commitment to good corporate citizenship,” Mr Terhell said.

“The new stove means Vinnies can prepare more hot, wholesome meals to be distributed to the homeless and disadvantaged people in and around Hobart. It will make a huge difference to the people who rely on Loui’s Van.”

Aurora Energy Acting CEO, Kane Ingham said the amazing service Loui’s Van provides to those people who are in need, isolated or at risk should not be underestimated.

“For many of those less fortunate in our community, Loui’s Van provides their only hot meal of the day and they depend on it to improve their daily lives,” Mr Ingham said.

“We’re really pleased that we could fund the new stove to help Loui’s Van provide this important community service.”

St Vincent de Paul Society operates Loui’s Van six nights a week, with over 280 volunteers signed up. To become a volunteer call 6234 4244.