Food firm to support charity for homeless

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

A LIMERICK-based charity which supports homeless people is set to benefit from a food company’s volunteer scheme.

A LIMERICK-based charity which supports homeless people is set to benefit from a food company’s volunteer scheme.

Focus Ireland Housing in Parnell Place has welcomed Kraft Food Ireland’s new volunteering program that directly supports its work to prevent homelessness.

The program is part of Kraft’s ‘Delicious Difference’ week, a global initiative by Kraft Foods to encourage employees to volunteer and make a difference in their local communities.

Focus Ireland’s Services Manager in Limerick Peter Lewis is grateful for the support shown by Kraft Foods.

“The volunteering by Kraft Foods Ireland is a great development and will help our work in many ways.

“It’s fantastic for us to get the support of the 100 plus volunteers who are at our services right now across the country, including many here at our housing in Parnell Place here in Limerick, helping us in the most practical way.

“The reality is that this is saving us money which will now be spent directly to keep our services running to provide support for those who need it,” he said.

Already, more than 100 volunteers from Kraft Foods Ireland are carrying out maintenance work at some of the charity’s housing and services at Parnell Square in Limerick, as well as in Waterford and Dublin.

Focus Ireland has been working in Limerick for 14 years to combat and prevent homelessness.

Thirty thousand Kraft employees from 60 countries have signed up to volunteer to fight hunger and promote healthy lifestyles as part of the special week.

Focus Ireland supported 6,500 people who were homeless or at risk of losing their homes last year, which was a rise of 18% from the total of 5,500 its services worked with in 2009.