An East Cork restaurant is preparing hundreds of meals every day for people in need in the local community as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
La Trattoria Restaurant, which is run by the Corigliano family, is currently preparing more than 300 meals daily, which are then distributed to people by a network of volunteers.
The ingredients are donated by local businesses with Cork County Council assisting with deliveries.
The initiative is one of a number of services taking place throughout the county, coordinated by Cork County Council’s COVID-19 Community Support Programme, which brings together the existing wide variety of statutory and voluntary groups working across the county to assist those in need in a collaborative and targeted way.
Liz Maddox, Chair of the Older Persons Council who is one of the agencies on the programme, highlighted how the Community Support Programme was a resource that is making sure that everybody who needs help is assisted.
“We had no meals on wheels in Castlemartyr when I became aware of the wonderful people at La Trattoria. Castlemartyr would have a small group of people with different medical conditions in need of a meal. I would like to thank the local businesses who donate the ingredients to La Trattoria as well as Cork County Council staff who deliver these meals as well as medication from the local pharmacies. I would also like to acknowledge our Community Garda Dave Leaghy and our local Centra staff member Valerie Cahill who have been a great support."
As part of the programme, Cork County Council has established 19 town teams to ensure there is a presence at a local level and works directly with the existing agencies to respond to calls made through the Council’s dedicated helpline.
Over 700 calls have been made to the helpline since it was established a fortnight ago.
Cork County Council's COVID-19 Community Support Programme can be contacted on 1800 805 819 with lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.
Those calling from outside of Ireland seeking assistance for a relative or friend should call +353 21 4285517.
It can also be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by text on (085) 8709010.