'Lions' launch annual food appeal
Published 03/12/2013 | 05:32
Annual Food Appeal launched by Swords & District Lions Club
THE annual Christmas Food Appeal, organised by Swords & District Lions Club, has begun in supermarkets in the locality.
Each year the Swords & District Lions Club members are a familiar sight in the run up to Christmas, collecting non-perishable food items for the needy in the Swords area.
According to Lions Club President, Maurice Kealy, last year's appeal hit a record 50 trolleys full of food.
'In the past, the generosity of the local community to this very worthy cause has been outstanding,' Maurice told the Fingal Independent. 'This year, we are hoping people will be as generous as previous years in helping out the needy in the community.
'People's little bit of help will go a long way towards making Christmas a happier occasion for the more needy in our community.
'We require non-perishable foods such as tinned food and boxed food that won't go off.'
He said the food hampers will go to families and people identified by the Swords branch of St Vincent de Paul who are in need.
'We work in collaboration with the local St Vincent de Paul branch and we are delighted to be able to help out,' added Maurice.
According to a report published in October last year for Safefoods Ireland 'Measuring Food Poverty in Ireland – The Indicators and Implications', one in ten people in Ireland were living in food poverty.
The appeal kicked off last weekend in Tesco in Rush and Tesco Express in Boroimhe on Friday, November 29th from 11am to 7pm and again on Saturday, November 30th. For the first time, Supervalu in Boroimhe was involved in the food appeal with a collection trolley in store from Friday, November 28th to Sunday, November 30th.
The Christmas Food Appeal will take place this weekend at JC's supermarket and Supervalu Boroimhe from Thursday, December 5th to Saturday, December 7th and in the Pavilion at Superquinn and Dunnes Stores from Thursday, December 12th to Saturday, December 14th.
This year Tesco is supporting the Lions Club National Food Appeal, around their country and the Christmas Food Appeal 2013 is the biggest of its kind in the country involving over 3,000 volunteers and could amass food which converts into approximately 80,000 meals.
All the foods collected will be distributed to causes in the localities.