There’s a strange and unfamiliar September ahead.
Students returning to the classroom for the first time since March will have plenty of challenges to grapple with this year so one Cork charity is helping to ensure that not having the correct school supplies doesn’t become another worry.
Feed Cork, a non-profit, volunteer-run charity that distributes donated food to people who need it, has announced that it will also be supplying primary and secondary school students with packs of school essentials before lessons begin.
“Feed Cork is partnering with the Department of Social Protection to provide and distribute back to school packs for families this school year.” the charity announced on social media.
“There are ample supplies from early primary all the way through secondary. You must call or text Marie at 089 254 5815 to reserve your school packs and arrange an appointment to collect. You will be given a day and time to collect due to Covid-19.”
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The school packs will be welcome support for struggling families, as the latest report from the Department of Children reveals that more than one-quarter of children in Ireland are living in poverty.
As well as supplying families and individuals with three days worth of groceries every week, Feed Cork also runs an ‘After School Fuel’ programme, which was started in 2018 after the charity discovered that a shocking one of four children leave school on a Friday and have no food for the weekend.
The programme provides a backpack of food; two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners as well as a number of healthy snacks for children to eat on Saturday and Sunday.
To donate €3 to Feed Cork you can visit the donations page here.