VAKS (Vans And KitchenS) is our way of abbreviating what is often called a ‘soup kitchen’ - a place where food and drink is offered to those needing a feed for free or at a reasonably low price and some home grown TLC.
The goal is simply to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ online resource for anyone seeking information about a van or kitchen nationwide. It is primarily designed for anyone needing to know where a van or a kitchen is operating nearby.
The goal is also to promote the services of each of the providers who have given their information to VAKS, without imposing on their autonomy or their organisational structure. It also offers the added advantage of being a notice board for the provider to post information and updates about themselves and their services.
vaks.org.au is not a Provider, but a community service website. It has been constructed for ease of use by anyone needing to know the when, where, what and who of a van or kitchen, and has been designed with users, providers, welfare agencies, public organisations and the general public in mind.
How VAKS began
VAKS is the initiative of ChaplainWatch Inc. (www.chaplainwatch.org.au)
In 2005, ChaplainWatch, as part of its NightWatch Project identified that the food vans in inner Brisbane lacked a central ‘when, where, what and who’ van list for use by beneficiaries, welfare agencies and organisations.
As a result, between January 2006 – September 2008, ChaplainWatch began producing hard copy versions of the VAKS list. This list was circulated to a small group of people and welfare agencies, which allowed more effective communication and co-ordination of the vans and kitchens.
With the introduction of the VAKS website in October 2008, this unique site has been able to reach a broader audience – further meeting the needs of the homeless, service providers and welfare agencies in our community.
In 2018, VAKS formed a partnership with Community Information Support Services to enhance the features and usability of the website and to provide greater reach to the target community who use this valuable service.
www.vaks.org.au™ © is an online web site developed, maintained, underwritten and made available by ChaplainWatch Inc™ (www.chaplainwatch.org.au) for all to freely use. VAKS™ is working in partnership with Community Information Support Services (www.communityinfo.org.au) – the one place to find online community information.