Good Grub is a not-for profit initiative delivering over 75,000 nutritious fresh fruit & veg parcels directly to the families of DEIS school children around Ireland. DEIS is a national programme that addresses the needs of children and young adults in disadvantaged communities.
A REAL NEED.
Although the government, with the support of their existing DEIS school lunch suppliers will for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, provide basic weekly family food packs to the value of €10, more has to be done. The ‘Good Grub’ team spotted the need to supplement these deliveries with a vital, fresh fruit & veg parcel.
Every euro donated by you goes directly to making this happen.
There is a strong desire from those behind the project to apply a high degree of rigour and governance to the structures underpinning the project for its anticipated short duration. Our Charity Partner is Aisling Project and we will be following their charity guidelines throughout this project.
Acutely aware of the specific needs of this group, the initiative is organised by Denis & Angela O’Reilly - co-founders of Difference Days - who have a long association with the DEIS School community.
Aisling Project is an After School Intervention working throughout the community of Ballymun.
They currently operate over five afterschool centres across the area, working with over 140 children and young people from the ages of 7 to 16+ years. Aisling Project provides a safe and secure environment for all attending children and young people. They have always been inspired by a vision of love, care and support for each child and young person and it is the focus of everything they do. Aisling Project provides a wide range of ever expanding activities all in a welcoming, safe, caring and fun-filled environment. All funds donated (less GoFundMe charges) go directly to Aisling Project who in turn pay all suppliers. Registered Charity Number: CHY 14774.
A FAMILY STORY
Stephen and his two sisters go to school in inner city Dublin. They live with three other siblings and their parents in a tiny flat near the local hospital where their Dad works as a porter. A frontline worker, he provides their only income. Because the area they live in is overrun with drug dealers and desperate users, they are afraid. They rarely go out. His two older siblings are at college now, an achievement their Mam and Dad are so proud of. Despite their lack of space, room is always made for them to study. This is a happy and close family of eight who struggle everyday. The toughest problem that they'll admit to is, putting food on the table. Just food.
The family avail of regular food parcels from the school, consisting of own-brand products, largely tinned non-perishable goods. As others stock up on fresh produce, this is not a luxury afforded to Stephen and his family, they rely solely on the contents of the packs provided.
Everything they get from this fund will be used and spread as thinly as possible. There is no waste in this house. Not food.
While the children worry about school and college, (they can't access remote learning and the older siblings used to go to the local library for free wifi when doing their assignments), the parents are worried about the basics, food.
Stephen and his five siblings can't engage in remote schooling because they don't have wifi but they are doing their very best with what books they have. School is very important but very hard when children are hungry. There is only one priority here. Food.
While Stephen’s story is a sober one, it is not unique as this fate is shared by many families across Dublin and Ireland.
(The name of the child is changed but the story is real, as told by a DEIS school principal)
OUR TARGET OF €500,000.
Thanks to the remarkable generosity of your donations, we are now in a position to roll this initiative out across Ireland.We are very aware that times are hard at present and finding the money to donate to a cause like this is challenging.
But we would continue to appeal to you to spare whatever you can for this vital cause. Any donation, however small will make a real difference in these families lives
Everyone involved in “Good Grub” is participating on a completely voluntary basis and is receiving no remuneration or other personal advantage in return. Our supply partner Glanmore Foods is procuring fresh fruit and veg from their suppliers , packing and delivering to DEIS school families at cost.
A donation of €10.00 provides 2 x families with a week’s supply of fresh fruit and veg.
A Donation of €40.00 provides 2 x families with a month's supply of fresh fruit and veg.
A Donation of €120 provides 6 x families with a month's supply of fresh fruit and veg.
€100,000 raised will provide 5,000 x families with a month's supply of fresh fruit and veg.
At the start of this crisis, 5 tonne of fresh mixed veg was generously donated by Begley’s Fresh Produce to the O’Reilly family who took it upon themselves to make up over 1,000 family parcels. These were then loaded into the back of a van and delivered to DEIS schools who distributed to the families in need. Spotting that the need was far greater, “Good Grub” initiative was set up to support more families on a continuous weekly basis until this crisis ends.
An Irish family business, Glanmore Foods are leaders in the supply of fresh, nutritious foods to our schoolchildren. They supply over 400 schools in the country, providing 50,000 well balanced school lunches daily. When the Covid-19 crisis hit, this naturally stopped as schools were closed. Although they are currently not supplying these schools, their team continue to deliver over 10,000 basic food packs to the families of DEIS children. http://www.glanmorefoods.ie/
Every euro raised fund these vital fruit & veg parcels. Glanmore Foods is procuring fresh fruit and veg product from their suppliers, packing and distributing to DEIS Schools Families via DEIS Schools. Glanmore Foods is providing this service at cost.
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