Weekly Food Pack

Food is collected through local Churches and community organisations is the former Shire of Flinders, and also from bins marked “FOOD FOR ALL” in local supermarkets. Local schools also support Food for All by once a year arranging “Kick-in-a-Can” days.

Food is purchased from three local supermarkets most especially when items are on “special” and an additional discount is granted by each supermarket. These purchases together with donated items enable balanced food parcels to be provided.

An average of 80 food parcels are packed by around 20 eager volunteers every Thursday morning in at our Distribution Centre in the grounds of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Rosebud. Most parcels contain a packet of cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, long life milk, tea, biscuits, tinned fruit, soup, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, jam, rice cream, rice, etc. Fresh vegetables such as cauliflowers, carrots and broccoli are distributed with the parcels having been donated by suppliers, and apples are given fortnightly.

On referral the food parcels are distributed by members of the local Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. These are given to struggling families and individuals within our community.

Christmas Appeal

Over the past nineteen years our Appeal, which is magnificently supported by our local community, has enabled us to pack and distribute over 8,415 Christmas hampers together with toys for the children of the families whom we assist. Christmas 2017 saw us provide 511 hampers with toys to 505 children.

Peninsula Toy Run

The Peninsula Toy Run began in 1997 and is held on the first Saturday in December. It grows in popularity each year. Its founder John Smollen who organised the Toy Run from its inception passed away on 30 November 2013, just one week before his 14th Toy Run. In 2016 a record 600 hundred bikers and their passengers travelled from Frankston Pier to Rosebud Secondary College bringing with them a huge amount of toys, gifts and food. Morning tea followed.” The 2017 Toy Run was marred by heavy rain throughout Victoria but still at least 150 bikers participated in the “Run”. Anyone interested in being part of the Toy Run will find information on the “Run” website or on Facebook.

The bikers’ donations are equally divided between Food for All, the Rosebud Salvation Army, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mornington and the Westernport Community Support in Hastings.

The great generosity of the participants in the Peninsula Toy Run plays a vital part in the Christmas distributions of all four Organisations.