Feed Cork says numbers using i...


Feed Cork says numbers using its service have increased

Rebecca Noonan
Rebecca Noonan

11:09 6 Apr 2020

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A Cork food bank is ramping up it's efforts to deal with the increased numbers of people looking for food.

Feed Cork prepare up to 80 food hampers during a normal week, however the charity have experienced a huge surge in first time users contacting them since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Food banks across Cork City and County have reported a huge increase in calls for help in recent week as hundreds of thousands of people are temporarily laid off work.

Speaking to RedFM News, Hamp Sirmans from Feed Cork says although it's impossible to predict how long the increased demand will go on for, the charity are prepared.

"Some people are saying a month, two months - some people are saying as far out as September.

"I don't know - I do know we're going to be there.

"We're actually looking to do more, because we definitely have the food, and we've got our volunteers.

"We've had to develop a system that's safe for our volunteers.

"We feel like now we're in a better place to meet need than we were in the beginning."

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