In the current economic climate, demand on our main Dublin Food Bank has increased steadily, as more and more people look for help with the most basic foodstuff for their families. This developing demand led to the creation of a new ‘Community Food Bank’ which is an initiative that Crosscare has based in the heart of communities affected by either food poverty or deprivation. In 2016, we distributed 8,000 food parcels through our 6 community food banks.
The food banks have seen huge growth in the last year, and we intend to continue to grow to meet pressing need, and to continue modernise so that we are offering communities most in need the best possible service.
Through our two city centre community café’s in Holles Row (Dublin 2) and Portland Row (Dublin 1) and our community café in Dun Laoghaire, we ensure that people living in those communities have access to an affordable home-cooked meal in a friendly environment. As well as providing high quality food to our clients, our café’s also work with local schools, health centres and employment services, building people’s skills around, and access to, good quality food. In 2016, 127,720 meals were provided through our cafes, meals on wheels service and homeless residences.
Each café is open to the public and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Community Cafés do not make a profit on food, therefore costs are kept low for our service users, making it possible for people to afford to eat well. We encourage a sense of community spirit through eating together and social gatherings. We also aim to improve awareness on healthier lifestyles and diet. The Community Cafés have established links with local community groups and services, to assist and compliment areas that may need relevant assistance i.e schools, health centres and local employment services. We provide on site training to local groups and schools. The Community Cafés are are HACCAP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) accredited.
The Crosscare Dublin Food Bank is in operation since 1989 and located at Lagan Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Food banks are a central distribution warehouse for goods donated by manufacturers, distributors and growers.The products received can be those that are nearing ‘best before’ dates, can be damaged or products that have changed packaging as well as simply perfect donations. It is our mission to mobilise communities to assist in addressing the causes of food poverty and food deprivation, both are serious factors for Irish society moving into the future.
The Food Bank redistribute donated goods to approximately 50 charities including the Simon Community, Focus Ireland, St. Vincent de Paul and other Crosscare services. In 2016, we distributed 1,468 tonnes of surplus, end of line or donated food or hygiene products from our main food bank to member charities and not-for-profit organisations.
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