A MASSIVE 20-foot container has been filled with food contained in 160 boxes for three Cork charities, following an appeal earlier this month.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn launched the first ever NRG Food Energy Appeal earlier in December.
The appeal asked the people of Cork to make donations to fill a container full of food for Penny Dinners, Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal.
They asked people to bring non-perishable goods and chocolates to various drop-off points around Cork.
It has been announced today that this will be an annual event.
Managing Director of Sea Box Energy, Patrick Hogan said: “We asked people to bring anything from one food item to a box of food to various locations around Cork.
“We wanted to fill one of our containers full of food for various charities this Christmas.
“Cork people answered the call and we are now able to pass on the food items to Penny Dinners. Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal. This little bit of help will go a long way this Christmas.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the businesses that helped out so that we could use them as collection points and also to Smurfit Kappa who gave us boxes for people to fill.”
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Cork people are known for their generosity and for looking after their own. Three great Cork charities — Penny Dinners, Feed Cork and the Chocolate Box Appeal – will benefit from this initiative.”
Penny Dinners is one of Cork’s oldest charitable organisations, currently serving up to 2,000 freshly made meals per week.
It provides a hot nourishing meal of soup, main course, dessert and tea/coffee daily. In addition sandwiches, biscuits, fruit and juice are also available to take away as an evening meal.
Feed Cork is also geared towards addressing food poverty and is partnering with local agencies and businesses. They offer a food box filled with a three day supply of nutritional food for individuals and families in need.
Meanwhile, the Chocolate Box Appeal aims to distribute up to 5,000 boxes of chocolates to the elderly, those in nursing homes, homeless shelters and the homeless community.