Street Life - foodbank
Today over 850 million people in the world are hungry. We often consider third world nations when talking about food hunger yet over 10% of people in Ireland are affected by food poverty, which means that they simply cannot afford to provide themselves and their families with the recommended daily amounts of food. People finding themselves at risk of food poverty include those living alone; families on low incomes; single parents and families with three of more children.
Street Life was established in Newcastle West in 2017 and its aim is to address the effects of food poverty on the local community.
Every day people in Ireland go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbank helping those affected by many circumstances including: housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
FOOD POVERTY STATISTICS
According to a Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) conducted by Central Statistics Office (CSO) in 2016, almost 1 in 10 people live in a consistent poverty in Ireland.
The Street Life food bank receives donations of fruit and vegetables, bakery and chilled items - still within their use by date. These donations are arranged through Foodcloud, a company who link charitable organisations with leading food retailers. We also greatly benefit from a small number of local businesses who have offered us their ongoing support, as well as receiving donations from individuals. The food is sorted on a weekly basis by volunteers and food parcels are prepared for those in need before the food bank opens to the public on a Friday morning.
Another overall benefit to receiving donations from retailers is the reduction of food waste.
The food bank offers a lot more than food. Volunteers provide a listening ear to people in our welcoming cafe area where refreshments including fresh soup, tea / coffee and cakes are served free of charge.
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