New soup kitchen to open in Cork

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Surging household poverty in Cork is set to be eased with the opening of a new soup kitchen.

The nationwide charity, Twist Soup Kitchen Ireland, says the city has been earmarked in its future expansion plans.

The news comes after it emerged that the number of people accessing soup kitchens across Ireland has more than doubled in just four months. More than 1,000 hungry people are queuing up for free hot dinners every week at five outlets across country which are run by Twist Soup Kitchen Ireland.

Up to November last year when the charity’s founder Ollie Williams was running just one premises in Galway city, fewer than 80 people a day were using the service. But Mr. Williams, who set up the service in June last year, said poverty levels amongst families have reached such high levels that he has plans to set up four or five more, including one in Cork, where the 150-year-old Cork Penny Dinners charity already cooks and serves almost 900 free meals a week, 365 days a year.

In the coming weeks he will open his sixth outlet in Loughrea, Co. Galway, which will be staffed by unemployed people through the Tus community work placement scheme.

The 46-year-old father-of-two, from Athenry, Co. Galway, said: “We’ve identified areas which need them and I can only see the numbers using the service increasing in the near future because so many people have lost their jobs and fallen on hard times.”


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2 Responses to New soup kitchen to open in Cork

  1. Diane March 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Isn’t it odd that this story has been ignored, not a comment and there are comments to be made. ‘Soup kitchens’ literally keep people going and in some cases keep people alive. This is a terrible indictment of the society we live in (that we don’t care for our own people) and then, of the government who are elected to basically ‘look after us’. This is not the way it happens. They tax us into penury but don’t provide the ‘contracted’ services they are required to. Think about that, act on that, lets not be had again. Demand the services that you have paid for.

  2. John March 31, 2013 at 12:03 am

    List of bodies who have been granted charitable tax exemption @ 15th January 2013 under Section 207, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. Will you find Twist here? the answer is: NO. I wonder why?



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