Help sought for Naas food bank plan

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A charitable organisation is encouraging people to donate items of food to a food bank.

A charitable organisation is encouraging people to donate items of food to a food bank.

The Church on Main Street (based at the former Dara Cinema at North Main Street) is behind the initiative.

Citing statistics which suggest that 1 in 10 people in Ireland live in food poverty, they say: “Naas is no different.”

The church said it’s motivated by Jesus’s teaching on poverty and injustice.

The idea is that people will donate items like sugar, soup, pasta sauces, coffee, tinned goods, to name a few either at the old cinema or at Tesco, Blessington Road. Businesses and individuals can donate non-perishable in date food and it’s hoped that the number of food collection points can be increased.

Volunteers will be needed to sort the food and check that is in date.

Frontline professionals like doctors, health workers, teachers and social workers will assess the need and a foodbank voucher is then issued to genuine cases.

Redundancy, illness, a delay in benefits payment, domestic violence, debt and family breakdown are among some of the reasons for hunger.

The group is looking for volunteers to help with the project which was successfully trialled last December (www.tcoms.ie/food@tcoms.ie)