FEAD TIMES:

Limerick Food Bank         

  

Christ Church, Glentworth St.; Located down the lane way, next to Hayes Solicitors

DATE:     Every 2nd & Last Friday of the Month (24.09.21, 08.10.21 etc.)

COLLECTIONS ONCE PER MONTH ON EITHER FRIDAY

TIME:      10am – 10.30am: Priority queue for the elderly and vulnerable

10.30am – 1pm: Drop in service

Ennis Food Bank

St. Columba’s Church, Bindon St. (at the back of the Church)

DATE:     Every 3rd Friday of the Month (15.10.21, 19.11.21 etc.)

TIME:      10am – 10.30am: Priority queue for the elderly and vulnerable

10.30am – 1pm: Drop in service

PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

THANK YOU.

Since 2014 Mid West Simon has supported clients by offering a food bank service to individuals and families experiencing food poverty and / or those at risk of homelessness. Mid West Simon has obtained funding from the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD).  in 2020 Mid West Simon Food Banks supported 13,196 users.

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

The FEAD programme is an EU-wide initiative to help support people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. 85% of the funding comes from the EU with the balance of funding coming from the Irish Exchequer.

The Department of Social Protection is the Managing Authority for FEAD in Ireland.

Our charity benefits from food assistance. The FEAD programme provides non-perishable food via their charity partners to families and individuals in need. Food supplied consists of breakfast cereals, pasta, soups, canned fish, tea and canned vegetables and fruit. The food items are easy to transport and store.

Our charity also benefits from material assistance under the FEAD Programme. The programme provides school stationery kits to children who are being supported by FEAD food assistance in both national and secondary schools.

Food poverty in Ireland is well documented and is on the rise in Ireland with over 600,000 people in the country being affected by it in 2013 (Department of Social Protection, 2015). Food poverty – which is defined as the inability to afford or access healthy food – impacts on low-income groups but children, lone-parent families and the unemployed are hit particularly hard. One in five of our children go to school or bed hungry (Health Behaviour in School Aged Children, 2012).

Good-quality affordable food, available and accessible to all, is a basic human right and necessitates political and community intervention beyond welfare provision. Food poverty reflects a form of social exclusion and social injustice.  Research shows socially-disadvantaged households consume less nutritionally-balanced diets and suffer from higher rates of diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and certain cancers at a younger age. The expansion of Mid West Simon’s food bank into geographical communities of disadvantage will help address some of these inequities.

Fundriasing events throughout the year. See what’s coming up.

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