Friday, October 16, 2020

I have to say that I’ve really been bowled over by the strength of the community response in Kildare to the Covid-19 pandemic. Up and down the county people have been making life easier or safer for others, from grocery or medication deliveries to a simple phone call to check in and keep in touch with someone cocooning.

One of the latest endeavours in the county is Monasterevin Food Bank, which was established recently in response to the effect the pandemic was having on the most vulnerable in their community. The aim of the food bank is to provide food goods to those who are struggling.

In association with local businesses, food banks have been located at McConvilles’s SuperValu, Fitzpatrick’s New Lodge, Finley’s Circle K, and Worrell’s Kildangan. Monasterevin Credit Union is also very generously giving a home to a donation basket – if any other local businesses would like to take one, they can get in touch via Facebook.

Monasterevin Food Bank is asking people to consider picking up an extra item in their shopping and leaving it in the donation boxes. Only non-perishable items can be accepted – canned food, cereals, tea, coffee, rice, pasta et cetera.

This is a community-led initiative between Monasterevin Tidy Towns, Monasterevin Day Care Centre, the People’s Market, and Cllr Kevin Duffy. Any assistance people can give to families in the community who are in need would be greatly appreciated.

According to Cllr Duffy, the initiative came out of the “community effort during Covid and the lockdown”, adding that it’s taken a couple of months to put it together and it’s “nice to get it up off the ground”.

He explained that “it’ll be one day a week where we’ll effectively put out the food parcels and anybody who is in need in the community can come and pick one up.

“It’s sort of a very open policy… we don’t need any details or anything, people just come up, take a parcel and that’s it.”

Cllr Duffy added that hopefully people will volunteer to “help out with the collection and distribution of food”.

It’s a great endeavour that will undoubtedly do a lot of good in the area – well done to all concerned. For more information and to keep up-to-date with what they’re doing, check out ‘Monasterevin Food Bank’ on Facebook.

By Conor Forrest
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