Youth Club 'blown away' by the generosity of Ballinlough locals supporting ongoing food appeal

Youth Club 'blown away' by the generosity of Ballinlough locals supporting ongoing food appeal
Ballinlough Youth Club, launched a food appeal which takes place every two weeks for Cork Penny Dinners. The next collection will be on Friday, May 22 at Ballinlough Community Centre.Picture: Denis Minihane.

Six weeks ago, Ballinlough Youth Club launched a food appeal in aid of Cork Penny Dinners who are experiencing an even greater demand on their services at present as a result of the current crisis. 

"Penny Dinners are helping to feed over 1,000 families a week in Cork as well as the homeless," Lisa O'Donnell of Ballinlough Youth Club told The Echo.

"We launched the food appeal six weeks ago and since then people have been incredible.

"We've really been blown away."

The next collection night is on Friday, May 22 and the Youth Club is hoping to keep the momentum going.

Just one of the car loads from Ballinlough Youth Club's food appeal in aid of Penny Dinners.
Just one of the car loads from Ballinlough Youth Club's food appeal in aid of Penny Dinners.

"So far we've been filling six or seven carloads on the collection nights. 

"People have been so kind and it's hugely appreciated," Lisa said.

The collection nights take place at Ballinlough Community Centre, but Lisa also has a box outside her house which generous locals have been adding non-perishables to as they pass by.

The community have collectively pulled together to ensure spirits are kept high during this challenging time, organising Patrick's Day and Easter car parades as well as hosting online bingo nights.

"The bingo cards are outside my house so people can take one and then we play via Zoom," Lisa explained. 

"When people come and take a card they often leave something in the box for the food appeal too which is so lovely."

The next food collection night is on Friday, May 22 at Ballinlough Community Centre from 6-7pm. 

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