We are grateful to learn that the generosity of viewers of the RTE Late, Late Show has once again resulted in our Food Poverty Support Service receiving vital funding for 2022. Monies raised by the Toy Show Appeal last December were distributed to charities working with children throughout the country through the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Crosscare’s Food poverty Service was implemented over six months ago to provide extra support to families struggling with food poverty. As well as providing help with food supplies, our caseworkers offer additional support and advice – such as help with unemployment benefits, budgeting, debt and access to social services.
Since the service was set up, we have had over 500 referrals, including over 380 families (800 children). These families were offered extra support when they came to Crosscare needing help with food. We look at all the issues that may have led them to this point. Two additional caseworkers have been appointed to the service due to demand.
Of those actively engaged with us trying to cope with food poverty, many have said the increased cost of living – rise in fuel and energy costs – had been a significant factor in their needing food support. Some families are looking for help for the first time.
Crosscare also supports families and individuals struggling with food poverty in our community cafes in Portland Row in Dublin 1 and Dun Laoghaire. Our cafés provide low-cost hot meals (breakfast and lunch) to people who need nutritious food five days a week. Both cafés provide an average of 800 meals a month.
Last year we gave out 6,000 food parcels to families and individuals, and the numbers coming forward have increased since the start of this year.
This service relies heavily on support from the general public and grant aid. If you wish to support it, you can donate online here https://crosscare.ie/how-you-can-help/donate/