Dublin demand increasing for food poverty service

by Rachel Cunningham
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Six hundred families and individuals, including 800 children, have sought help with food supplies through a new food poverty service in Dublin.

Crosscare’s Food Poverty Service, which was established just nine months ago, has noted a steady increase in demand, with many people presenting in food poverty for the first time. 

The service has stated that most people coming forward are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living and are falling into debt. To meet this demand, staff at the service has grown from one caseworker to three.

The new service, which runs seven residential homeless services in Dublin, offers families support and advice to help them move out of food poverty in the long-term. Caseworkers meet with them and, depending on the circumstances of each family, offer help with budgeting, debt restructuring, access to social welfare, mental health services and other supports.  

The Food Poverty Service relies on grant aid and donations. Staff at the service say they are anxious about what the coming months will bring, as the continued rise in energy costs are expected to further impact people who are already struggling.  

Crosscare is the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin. 

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