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Gardai at the scene yesterday

Gardai at the scene yesterday

Gardai at the scene yesterday

A Dublin food bank is now distributing almost double the amount of basic food supplies compared to this time last year.

The Crosscare organisation is expecting to give out over 1,200 tonnes of food this Christmas, nearly twice the 750 tonnes they dispensed in 2013.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he was asking all Dublin parishes to help collect food for the food bank over the first week of December.

Meanwhile, the backgrounds of those seeking aid is also changing, according to Crosscare's food bank manager Valerie Cummins.

"Before you could say it's people not in employment, now people are in employment but they're also trying to keep up with their bills, and there's not enough money left over for food" she told 98FM.


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