16th of October is World Food Day, and in an extremely difficult year we would like to thank all the generous donors to our Food for Simon programme for continuing to donate food to our frontline services.
The challenges posed by Covid-19 have effected every aspect of how Dublin Simon Community responds to the ongoing homelessness crisis. Over the course of the last 8 months, we have been working to protect all the individuals and families who rely so much on our services from not only from the harsh reality of homelessness but also from the constant threat posed by this terrible virus.
When our Taoiseach announced the initial restrictions in March, we immediately engaged with many of our Food for Simon donors to ensure we had adequate supply of food for our services, particularly core essentials like canned goods, rice, pasta, and much needed non perishable goods.
We had wonderful support from BWG, Donnelly Fruit & Vegetables, Unilever, Coca Cola Bottlers and our national partner Kepak to name just a few. Microsoft and their catering partner KSG came on board with us to provide daily donations of hot meals across our services in Dublin, which has helped us to save thousands of euro in costs that can now be directed to our frontline where they are most needed.
On behalf of all at Dublin Simon, I would like to sincerely thank every company or community group that donated to us at this time, it really means so much to us and the people we work with every year.
Our Food for Simon programme still needs your support, particularly with vital essentials like dairy, meat and bread. If you think your company could come on board to be a regular donor then please get in touch.
By supporting the Food for Simon programme you ensure that Simon can reduce our costs and use the savings to invest further in permanent supported housing. Dublin Simon Community provide services to over 7,600 people and families in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
By Jennifer Kitson