HELP­ING TO FEED WEX­FORD

A NEW WEX­FORD ‘FOOD BANK’ TO HELP THE NEEDY, MANNED BY VOL­UN­TEERS, IS ONLY THE SEC­OND SUCH FA­CIL­ITY IN THE COUN­TRY. ANNA HAYES RE­PORTS

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A GROUP of lo­cal vol­un­teers have come to­gether to pro­vide a Food Bank ser­vice for Wex­ford town and en­vi­rons.

‘Feed Wex­ford’ hopes to ad­dress the needs of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies that are suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous lev­els of food de­pri­va­tion, with Wex­ford recog­nised as one of the top two re­gions in Ire­land for this is­sue.

Feed Wex­ford, which is a project un­der­taken by Wex­ford Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Church, was suc­cess­ful in an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Depart­ment of So­cial Pro­tec­tion which over­sees the ‘Fund for Euro­pean Aid for the Most De­prived’ (FEAD).

The group is con­nected to the ‘Feed Cork’ food bank and the in­ten­tion is to cre­ate a na­tion­wide net­work where all branches will work under the ti­tle of ‘Feed Ire­land’.

Food is freely sup­plied to the group under the FEAD pro­gramme. These sup­plies will sub­se­quently be dis­trib­uted to those in need.

Project Co­or­di­na­tor Su­san Wright ex­plained that each month, lo­cal lo­gis­tics com­pany Roche Freight will col­lect stocks of food from Dublin and bring it to their store room in West­point Busi­ness Park.

Col­lec­tions will also take place weekly from LIDL and

fur­ther sup­plies of food are ex­pected from ALDI and Tesco through Food Cloud.

‘We’re only the sec­ond such group in the coun­try and we’re work­ing hard to get the word out about this ser­vice.’

This Wed­nes­day, the Food Bank will open to the pub­lic for the first time from 1 to 3.30 p.m. and will do so ev­ery sub­se­quent Wed­nes­day at the same time. Food bas­kets will be made up to suit var­i­ous fam­ily sizes and Ms Wright said that ev­ery­one would be treated with dig­nity and re­spect.

She stressed that there was no need for peo­ple to feel em­bar­rassed about seek­ing help, point­ing out that the costs of liv­ing meant that even those who were work­ing found it hard to make ends meet.

‘We are aware that Wex­ford is high on the list for food poverty and we ex­pect that once the word gets out this will be a busy lo­ca­tion.

‘Things are tough for peo­ple and it’s good to be able to help and to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives. We’re lucky to have great vol­un­teers be­cause it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out them.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with the group or busi­nesses will­ing to do­nate can con­tact Su­san on 087 623 7894 or through the Feed Wex­ford Food Bank Face­book page.

Sort­ing out a food de­liv­ery to the Wex­ford Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Church cen­tre at West­point Busi­ness Park. From left: Tony Wil­son, John Ke­hoe, Ro­nan Curtin, Jay Doyle, Paul Phillips, Su­san Wright and David Doyle.

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