Monday 20 November 2017

Charity food parcel shortage ahead of Christmas

There may not be enough food parcels to go around for needy families, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned.
There may not be enough food parcels to go around for needy families, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned.

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin has warned that Crosscare – the diocese’s social care agency - does not have enough food to meet demand for impoverished families.

Dr Diarmuid Martin has warned that unless parishes provide “urgent help,” more hungry families could be turned away in the run up to Christmas.

Crosscare supplies food and toiletries for people in need, and to 10 other charities including St Vincent de Paul in Dublin and Wicklow.

This year, Crosscare expects to have distributed 750 tonnes of food – which amounts to 50 per cent more food than last year, RTE’s News At One has reported.

Dr Martin warned that demand for basic items has outstripped supply.

Last week, in one community only 40 parcels of food were provided where 120 parcels were needed, he said.

Crosscare has warned that unless parishes provide urgent help, more people will be turned away soon.

Collection vans for food and toiletries will go to all parishes this December.

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