MAYOR of the City and County, Cllr Michael Collins, officially relaunched the Limerick Food Partnership (LFP) at the Limerick Milk Market on Monday, December 7th.
The Food Partnership – a collaboration between community, voluntary and statutory organisations involved in food-related initiatives – aims to raise awareness, improve access and increase the supply of healthy food options in Limerick City and County.
Mayor Collins said: “I’m delighted to be launching the Limerick Food Partnership, whose key focus is awareness-raising, improving access and increasing the supply of healthy food options to its target communities across Limerick.”
During the first Covid-19 lockdown, The Food Partnership played a vital role in coordinating the supply of food to homeless people and vulnerable families in Limerick city and county.
During this time, members of the Partnership delivered 8,427 food packages to families across the county.
This occurred at a time when many voluntary and public organisations which were supporting those experiencing food poverty were either unable to operate or had their actions limited.
Joint Chair of LFP, Fr. Seamus Enright, C.Ss.R said: “The Limerick Food Partnership and the Redemptorists are currently working together on the Christmas Hamper Appeal.”
“Getting hampers into approximately 6,000 homes in the lead up to Christmas is probably one of the biggest food initiatives in Limerick each year.”
In 2021, the Partnership plans to focus on providing practical training courses for families on preparing and cooking healthy food as well as raising awareness of healthy eating.
Professor Niamh Hourigan, Sociologist and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Mary Immaculate College, and Joint Chair of LFP said that the LFP played a vital role in supporting those who experienced food poverty in 2020.
“This is a very important initiative which engages directly and indirectly with the homeless, families in emergency accommodation and other vulnerable communities. The work of the Partnership will continue to grow and develop in 2021 providing a vital umbrella network for organisations involving in food poverty issues in the region,” she said.