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Poulaphouca delivers its 1,000th free meal

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Poulaphouca House and Falls

Poulaphouca House and Falls

Poulaphouca House and Falls

A free meal service in Hollywood delivered its milestone 1,000th meal recently.

The service, offered by Poulaphouca House and Falls, has also expanded from 100 meals to 150 to meet demand. 150 meals are now prepared and delivered on Wednesdays to members of the local community who may be vulnerable or are working on the front line.

'We are now doing 150 meals due to demand and thanks to the sponsorship,' said Daniel Lewis, one of the owners of Poulaphouca House and Falls.

The free meals delivery has been moved to Wednesdays, as Poulaphouca House has started to offer a Sunday lunch take-away service.

'It still works the same way. People fill in a Google form on Mondays to nominate who they think needs the meal most.'

The service remains very popular with a huge number requests for meals received within an hour of the form going online, Daniel said. The form was introduced to manage the volume of requests for the free meals provided by Poulaphouca House. The service is open to those who are cocooning, the elderly and those working in frontline health, hospital or public sector roles.

The meals are prepared by the 3 Cooks team which is made up of chefs Hugh Hyland, Trevor Kearns and Liam Tilly. It was then delivered by volunteers, members of the Poulaphouca House team and gardai from Kilcullen. Last week's dish was a chicken mushroom tarragon in white wine cream with chive basmati.

Poulaphouca House is hoping it may be possible to re-open its doors in July. The business has been up and running less than a year.

'We never thought it would be going for so long. We have enough sponsorship to run the service until the end of June. The sponsors help us to keep it going and we have to thank them for their support.

'It's a real community initiative. We are delighted to be able to continue to provide the meals,' Daniel added.

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