7th May 2020: Aramark, Ireland’s leading foodservice provider, has joined a wider effort of community support in Ireland by donating €8,000 to local charity, Good Grub.
Good Grub has taken on the important responsibility for the provision of nutritious fruit and vegetable parcels to the families aid of disadvantaged schoolchildren who have been missing out on in-school meals since Covid-19 restrictions came into force.
The not-for-profit has delivered over 10,000 fresh ‘fruit & veg packs’ to DEIS School Families so far, mainly in the Dublin area. As Good Grub strives to hit a new target of €500,000 through its GoFundMe page, they are set to increase this to 5,000 packs per week and to begin delivery nationwide. Every additional support in funding and resources will only strengthen the not-for-profits efforts as the country continues to support vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frank Gleeson, President of Aramark Northern Europe, said “This partnership made perfect sense for everyone involved with Aramark in Ireland. Food is at the heart of what we do, and we believe the best way we can support communities during this difficult time is by leveraging our expertise and capabilities, along with help from our partners, to bring healthy and nutritious food to our neighbours who need it most. I, along with many colleagues, have been eager to support in as many ways as possible, and couldn’t be happier to aid the critical work of Good Grub in our local communities.”
Founder of Good Grub, Denis O’Reilly, said “It is at times like these that our community rely greatly on donations from local businesses and we would like to sincerely thank Aramark, its CEO Frank Gleeson and staff in continuing to support our work. This important initiative will ensure so many children in need recieive vital nutritious food at this unprecedented time.”
Although the government, with the support of their existing DEIS school lunch suppliers, continue to provide basic weekly family food packs to the value of €10, Good Grub, along with corporate partners such as Aramark, recognise that more must be done. DEIS – or Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools – is a national programme that addresses the needs of children and young adults in disadvantaged communities, thousands of whom relied on the school system to provide a balanced breakfast for those with troubled family backgrounds.
More information and donations at www.goodgrub.ie or https://www.gofundme.com/f/9yuctw-Good-Grub.