A massive 20 foot container has been filled with food contained in 160 boxes for three Cork charities, following an appeal earlier this month. It has been announced today that this will be be an annual event.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn launched the first ever NRG Food Energy Appeal earlier in December. The appeal asked the people of Cork to make donations to fill a container full of food for Penny Dinners, Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal. They asked people to bring non perishable goods and chocolates to various drop-off points around Cork.
Managing Director of Sea Box Energy, Patrick Hogan said: “We asked people to bring anything from one food item to a box of food to various locations around Cork. We wanted to fill one of our containers full of food for various charities this Christmas. Cork people answered the call and we are now able to pass on the food items to Penny Dinners. Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal. This little bit of help will go a long way this Christmas.”
“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the businesses that helped out so that we could use them as collection points and also to Smurfit Kappa who gave us boxes for people to fill.”
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Cork people are known for their generosity and for looking after their own. Three great Cork charities – Penny Dinners, Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal – will benefit from this initiative.”
The collection points were at The Squad, Tramore Road, Three Degrees in Blackpool and Douglas Village Foods.
About the charities:
Cork Penny Dinners
Cork Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest caring charitable organisations. Currently serving up to 2,000 freshly made meals per week are being served at their premises. Its aims are simple – to help all who struggle and those in need. Cork Penny Dinners provide a hot nourishing meal of soup, main course, dessert and tea/coffee daily. In addition sandwiches, biscuits, fruit and juice are also available to take away as an evening meal.
Feed Cork: Food Poverty In Cork
In Ireland, food poverty is an ever increasing issue, recent findings by the Department of Social Protections disclosed 10% of the populations in Ireland are living in food poverty, and Cork is no different.
Feed Cork is partnering with local agencies and businesses to help fight food poverty in Cork. They offer a food box filled with a three day supply of nutritional food for individuals and families in need.
Feed Cork helps bridge the gap for individuals and families that struggle between meeting pressing financial needs and providing nutritious food for themselves and their families.
‘The Box of Chocolates Appeal’ in association with Cllr Ken O’Flynn
Last year they were thrilled to receive over 1,000 boxes of chocolates that were distributed to the elderly of Cork City & County. This year they are seeking to distribute 5,000 boxes of chocolates to the elderly, those in nursing homes, our homeless shelters and the homeless community and to people where a box of chocolates may be the difference between a person receiving a Christmas gift or not.