Clondalkin food bank supports 175 families through pandemic poverty crisis

by Kim O Leary
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Clondalkin Cares Foodbank

By Kim O’Leary

A FUNDRAISER has been set up in support of a food bank helping to tackle food poverty in south west Dublin.

The Clondalkin Cares Food Bank is a community initiative supporting people in the Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown areas by making basic food and hygiene goods available to those who need it.

The network involves Blue Skies, Clondalkin Youth Services, Collinstown Park SCP, Neart le Cheíli, Quarryvale Balgaddy SCP, Quarryvale FRC, Quarryvale Ronanstown Youth Service, South Dublin CYPSC, The Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin and Tusla.

Clondalkin Food Bank

The group’s target for the GoFundMe campaign is to raise €4,000 which will keep them going for another month.

Organiser Karin Jonsson told Dublin Gazette: “At the moment we’re helping 175 families. We also provide food for single people and the homeless too, we try to help everyone.”

According to Karin, the Covid-19 pandemic is adding to people’s financial worries, with many people on reduced work hours or social welfare payments.

“The worry is the knock-on effect from the Covid-19 pandemic is going to last a while. Covid-19 is the main reason people are coming to us at the moment with increased expenses due to people being at home, food and heating,” explained Karin.

“For some people with reduced hours or who are unemployed or even those with disabilities, their income is not compatible with the expenses going out, so it’s a struggle for them,” she said.

If you need help with food or if you would like to support the food bank, please call 085 202 0300 during normal office hours or email [email protected]

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