Mid West Simon set to establish Ireland’s first social grocery store

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Jackie Bonfield,Tracey Reddy and Audrey Irwin at the Mid West Simon food bank. Photo: Julien BehalA LIMERICK homeless charity is seeking donations to provide Ireland’s first social grocery store, offering food at reduced prices to a rising number of people experiencing food poverty.Mid West Simon Community has launched the funding call after the initiative was recommended in a study conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick.The UL report found that, apart from providing affordable healthy food, a social grocery could also improve people’s mental health outcomes by removing stigma and shame associated with people being forced to queue on the streets at food banks or soup kitchens.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The charity already avails of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), providing four food banks in Limerick, Clare, and north Tipperary.Last year Simon Mid West supported 13,196 people who experienced “food poverty, which is defined as the inability to afford or access healthy food, and reflects a form of social exclusion and social injustice,” chief executive Jackie Bonfield explained.“Food poverty is on the rise, particularly in socially disadvantaged households who consume less nutritionally-balanced diets, and suffer from higher rates of diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers at a younger age,” she added.The annual cost of running Simon’s four food banks, in Limerick, Ennis, Kilrush, and Nenagh is approximately €100,000.Demand continues to grow, with 400 more people in the region using Simon’s food banks in 2019 than in 2018.Food banks are also provided locally by Saint Vincent de Paul, the Redemptorist Church, and the NOVAS street outreach service.Simon’s Limerick food bank operates at Christ Church, Glentworth Street, every Friday from 10am to1pm, providing around 100 food parcels daily.In 2018, 4,261 people, including 2,130 children, availed of Simon’s Limerick food bank, while between January and March 2019, 3,518 people, including 1,756 children, used the bank.In a UL survey of 131 of Simon’s food bank clients, 80 per cent reported they had children while 32 per cent were shopping for five or more family members.Price was the most decisive factor influencing their food purchasing decisions.58 per cent of participants reported periodically experiencing lack of sufficient access to food, while 1.6 per cent reporting never having enough food.93.1 per cent said they would avail of a social grocery store.A male client, aged 52, who is a carer for his wife, said it was “embarrassing” having to attend a mobile soup kitchen service.“We don’t have access to enough food, we can’t afford to eat proper meals everyday,” he added.A young mother of one, who gave up her job to care for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer, and who also attends the Simon food bank, said: “At times there’s very little, I try not to eat too much. I try my best to get more for my child and make sure my husband has all that he needs for his immune system, make sure he eats dinner and lunch. It’s the same thing with my child, she is growing so she has to eat properly.”In order to register with the food bank, an applicant has to meet with a member of Simon before they complete a short questionnaire, provide photo identification, proof of address and their income.A social grocery would empower those struggling by offering money management workshops, advice and information services, and cookery classes, encouraging individuals “to move towards self-sustainability and financial stability”, said Bonfield.Appealing for donations, she called on anyone who would like to be a part of this first Social Grocery in Ireland, to phone 061-608980, or email [email protected]”. Previous articleGo ahead for Mungret incineration planNext articleNew Adventures in Learning as Weeklong Festival kicks off on 24 May David Raleigh Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Print NewsMid West Simon set to establish Ireland’s first social grocery storeBy David Raleigh – May 20, 2021 311 Twitterlast_img read more

Coach, front office lead USA to semis

first_imgInches.That’s all that separated Team USA from Switzerland in the quarterfinal yesterday.And throughout the game, it looked as though Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller was a gigantic brick wall in net. The 28-year-old Anaheim Duck was brilliant, stopping 42.5 shots, but in the end he needed to stop all 43.Zach Parise’s redirection two minutes into the third period went off Hiller’s chest, took an unbelievable bounce and trickled past the goal line. That was all the scoring the Americans needed.But just minutes later, it looked as though Switzerland had tied things up as Sandy Jeannin fired a shot that zipped across the goal line, but the puck rang off the far post and back into play.If that puck finds a way into the net, and Parise’s deflection bounces toward the wrong side of the post, Team USA could be packing its bags and heading back to its respective NHL teams. That’s how tight this quarterfinal was, but luckily, the Swiss are on their way home to eat their delicious chocolate and play with their army knives (Yeah, aside from Roger Federer, that’s all I know about their country).Now this narrow 2-0 victory might frighten fans that look at the bracket and see teams like revenge-driven Canada and Sweden lurking, but rest assured, this win was extremely impressive.The young Americans had to deal with a ton of pressure and newfound expectations, and while Switzerland may not have a roster loaded with NHL star power, the Swiss have proven to be a tough out over the years. In Torino, Switzerland beat Canada and the Czech Republic, and this year it took the host nation to a shootout.So who deserves the credit for Team USA’s flawless trip to the semis? We’ve heard all about Ryan Miller’s brilliance, and he has undoubtedly been the major reason the Americans are still playing, but it’s time to give some love to head coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke for the work they’ve done with this group.The message after the Canada victoryWhile everyone was busy talking about how close the Americans’ victory over Canada was to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” (nowhere close by the way) Burke had a slightly different message to his team.“I’m not happy with the way we played,” Burke told reporters after the game. “If that’s how we play, we’re going to have a hard time getting where we want to be. We have 10 guys carrying us. Everything gets ratcheted up now. We’ve got to ratchet it up. They don’t give medals for finishing first in the preliminary round.”Not exactly what you’d expect to hear after taking down a team you haven’t beaten in 50 years — but that is the exact message this team needed.Burke was right; Team USA hadn’t won anything yet.They had no pressure on them, they played that way and they squeaked out a win. It wasn’t a time to pat these 20-somethings on the back because this team needed to be ready, and it needed to be better for a gutsy Switzerland squad.Questionable roster decisions paying offAs a diehard Devils fan, this is tough to admit, but Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan — two Rangers — have excelled in this tournament, and they have contributed heavily to Team USA’s success.We all owned the right to be skeptical of their spots at first, but Wilson and Burke knew what they were doing adding these guys to the roster.Drury had a measly 22 points in 57 games with the Rangers and has (quite frankly) underperformed ever since signing a huge contract and joining the blue shirts. Callahan is a relative unknown who wouldn’t instantly come to mind when making an American all-star team.But these two forwards have been dynamite on the defensive end in Vancouver. Last week, I wrote that Drury and Callahan needed to be a force defensively and in the “hard areas” that UW head coach Mike Eaves constantly speaks of. They have done just that. On the penalty kill specifically, Drury and Callahan have been flying around, blocking shots and passing lanes, frustrating the opposition to death.In the final minutes against Canada and in yesterday’s quarterfinal, the two of them showed blatant disregard for their bodies, stepping in front of countless 90-plus mile-an-hour shots, and in the process, they showed how important they are to this team.A willingness to shuffle linesLine chemistry — it’s tough to find and even tougher to keep, and it’s the coach’s job to set up that line chart before every game.Simply put, Wilson’s lines weren’t working early in this tournament. Some coaches will stick with their decisions and allow chemistry to (hopefully) develop.Wilson knew he didn’t have that kind of time.The USA head coach took Patrick Kane off the first line and promoted Jamie Langenbrunner to the top unit.That move has worked wonders as the Parise-Stasny-Langenbrunner combination dominated the Swiss, while Kane has improved playing alongside the physical combination of Ryan Kesler and Dustin Brown.Wilson has shown a willingness to shuffle lines before, after and during games, allowing Team USA to find its groove.To be successful in a heated tournament like this, every aspect of your team needs to be clicking from your fourth-line to center to your general manager.And thanks to this combined team effort, Team USA is sitting pretty as the No.1 seed, and it’s giving America something truly unexpected to cheer about it.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Are you surprised by Team USA’s success? Think Ryan Miller is the one and only reason the Americans are unbeaten? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more