Food appeal will aid 2,000 people
A member of Wexford County Council has praised the people of the county for their support of this year's Christmas dry food appeal and said almost 2,000 people will benefit directly as a result of the initiative.
Speaking to this newspaper Cllr Michael Sheehan said: 'At the moment, all the appointments are full to capacity and we are working on a waiting list.'
He said the success of the appeal is down to the charitable nature of people within communities throughout the county: 'Working with partners in the community, charities and organisations, plus through the Food cloud, this year we will have delivered a massive amount of non-perishable food to several thousand people.'
'At this time of year, people for many reasons are under pressure and while it isn't a huge amount, the food parcels make a difference and help prevent those at the edges [of society] from falling into debt or worse,' said Cllr Sheehan.
He said a network of volunteers will be reaching out into communities all over the county in the coming days to ensure that people will have enough to eat.
He also said the appeal will let people know they are not alone - especially at this time of the year.
'I want to thank all of the volunteers who have come on board,'he said.
He also thanked his own office staff and the people involved with the community House in the Bosheen, New Ross, from where the food will be distributed across Wexford.
'As we end the year, our rough indications show that close to 6,000 people throughout the year have benefited from the service,' said Cllr Sheehan,
In addition to that 2,000 students availed of school kits organised through the same service earlier in the year.
'The people who access this system come from all backgrounds and all incomes,' said Cllr Sheehan.
'This isn't a phenomenon confined to those at the edges; people are struggling and I'm adamant that as a public representative we ensure all efforts are made to empower, enable and assist everyone.'
Emphasising that Christmas and the period leading into the New Year can be difficult for some he encouraged everyone in the community to look out for elderly neighbours or people who might be at risk over the coming days.