''Cork Penny Dinners is a warm dry place in the heart of Cork City with a welcoming atmosphere. The premises is open to all 7 days a week all year round, No questions are asked, no judgements are made.
All our services are free of charge to those that need them. Our friendly volunteers ensure that our service users are well looked after on a daily basis. Our door is always open, we never judge, we serve.
Cork Penny Dinners is currently serving up to 2000 freshly made meals per week at our premises compared to approximately 150 or less per week prior to the recession.
Sometimes a cup of tea, a handshake or a friendly chat can go a long way towards beating the loneliness and isolation that is a big issue for many that come our way.
There has also been a huge increase in homelessness and mental health issues that are affecting so many people which have forced them to avail of our services.
In the last few years we have also seen a big increase in the number of families availing of our service.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life; nurses, truck drivers, scientists, general operatives, musicians, teachers, students, solicitors, unemployed people, retired people and clergy. Our volunteers are made up of many different nationalities, but what we all have in common is empathy for our fellow human beings and a willingness to offer a hand in support. Service users and volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners interact with good humour and mutual respect always.
Food packages are also distributed to people in need. We do not have paid staff at Cork Penny Dinners, all work is on a voluntary basis.
Cork Penny Dinners is a Charitable Trust. Our charitable objective is to feed those in need and to offer support to homeless people. ''
- Lol & Chris Kane
- Brigid Shelly
- Maeve Brockie
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