Almost 19,000 people in Donegal going hungry
More people are going hungry in Donegal than in any other county in Ireland.
New research shows one in nine Donegal people is in food poverty as opposed to the one in 10 national average .
St Vincent de Paul's manager in Letterkenny, Rosa Glacken, said she was not surprised by the findings which show that 18,700 people in Donegal are considered 'food poor'.
"There is very real poverty in Donegal, especially in rural areas," she said.
"This county did not do as well from the Celtic Tiger as other parts of the country did and it has been particularly badly hit in this recession."
In a joint report named Hungry for Action, the Unite and Mandate unions called for the Government to provide immediate food assistance in the run-up to Christmas.
Mandate and Unite have also called for a New Year "Emergency Relief Budget" to reverse cuts to low-income groups.
The Hungry for Action data shows that besides Donegal, Monaghan and Offaly are especially hard hit, while Dublin and Kildare experience the lowest per capita food poverty.