Nothing warms our giant Easy Food heart quite as much as hearing about Irish Food producers working together to help the homeless, that’s for sure! That’s why we were so delighted to hear that an Irish meat producer is set to provide the Simon Community with enough meat for over 30,000 meals.
The Kepak Group have announced that they are going to supply enough meat to table a ‘Sunday Roast’ to those affected by homelessness at the charity’s primary city locations over the next year. As part of its ‘Sunday Roast’ campaign, which was launched by former MasterChef judge Nick Munier, Kepak will be delivering a range of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to Simon Community locations across Dublin, Cork and Limerick once a week for 12 months.
Fresh meat costs the Simon Community thousands of euro every year. Kepak’s meat contribution will reduce this financial burden and save the Simon Community thousands of euro in meat costs, freeing up much-needed funds which can be put towards some of the charity’s other worthwhile initiatives. The Simon Community supports over 13,000 men, women and children and has 50 years of experience providing homeless, housing and treatment services to people facing the trauma and stress of homelessness.
Welcoming the partnership, Louisa MacKenzie of the Simon Community said, “We are truly delighted to have Kepak come on board to help us provide a nutritious roast dinner to the many families who simply cannot afford it. Partnerships such as this are what we envisaged when we launched ‘Food For Simon’ in 2009. Our goal was to reduce the cost of food provision by collaborating with Irish businesses, so that we could re-direct cost savings into providing our vital services, such as outreach, housing and health supports to people who are homeless or at risk. Having Kepak on board will allow us to do just that.”
This partnership matches several goals set out under the United Nations’ National Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDG), including the eradication of poverty and commitment to the ‘zero hunger’ initiative. Another win for the Irish Food and Drink industry!
We’re so proud of our Irish Food and Drink producers and the charitable work they do, and are looking forward to hear about what they accomplish next!
Looking for inspiration for your next roast dinner? Why not check out our Sunday Roast recipe section here.