A local coffee shop has been met with overwhelming support in its mission to feed the frontline after exceeding its fundraising target in a matter of days.
Joe’s + Bros, best known for their brunch menu and coffee, have collaborated with Swyft Energy to fundraise for those working on the frontline.
The Feeding the Frontline fundraiser has exceeded its target of €5,000 and now stands at over €6,200 in less than four days.
Joe’s + Bros' goal is to fundraise enough money in order to provide fresh meals to frontline staff across many different sectors who are “battling this on our behalf each day”.
A GoFundMe has been set up by co-owner Cyprien Jouve.
“As we are all aware, there are a huge number of people putting themselves at risk to care for and help the vulnerable people directly affected by these scary and unknown times during the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We are hoping to raise funds to provide meals to frontline staff across many different sectors who are battling this on our behalf everyday. We will be focusing on Cork and the surrounding areas. The more funding we receive, the more sectors we will be able to reach,” he said.
In a recent Instagram post, the independent coffee shop confirmed that it had reached its target and thanked everyone who had donated so far.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the donations made by all of you, so for that, thank you.
“We are incredibly proud of how the Cork community has pulled together on this,” the post read.
The first food drop, which will provide frontline workers with lunch, will take place next week.
Joe’s + Bros opened its doors in Gillabbey Street, a stone throw away from UCC, back in 2017.
Following on from the success of the coffee shop, evident in the queues of students who lined the street to nab a table, owners Joe Dowling , Colm Liston and Cyprien Jouve opened a second outlet in Winthrop Arcade on Oliver Plunkett Street last year.
To donate to the Feeding the Frontline fundraiser, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/feeding-the-frontline-Cork