As part of a US$60 million programme launched by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to combat hunger in Europe and North America, social support agency Crosscare has received the second of six €20,000 annual donations to help fight food poverty in Ireland.
To mark the occasion, employees from across the Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch network spent a day at Crosscare’s Dublin Food Bank packing donated goods ranging from frozen and canned food, to household products and personal care items on behalf of the charity. Eight pallets of food and other items were sorted by the volunteer group in total.
The donation is part of a wider initiative by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation called ‘Fill Your Tank’ launched last year whereby the company will provide US$60 million over the next six years to address food insecurity in the countries where it has wholly-owned business operations. In Europe, the initiative is being carried out in collaboration with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), a not-for-profit organisation that accelerates the development and growth of food banks in more than 30 countries around the world.
Gary Killeen and Ciara Elliot of Enterprise Rent-A-Car help Michael McDonagh, Senior Manager of Crosscare, to load up another van with food with at Crosscare’s Dublin Food Bank.
Through its worldwide partnership with GFN, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is investing a total of €120,000 to address hunger in Ireland through Crosscare over a six-year period. This grant will help to increase Crosscare’s capacity to redistribute surplus food to people in need in a bid to help fight food poverty in Ireland. According to a Social Justice Ireland 2018 report, 16.5% of the population live on incomes below the poverty line.
Conor Hickey, CEO of Crosscare, said: “Crosscare is thrilled to once again partner with Enterprise to tackle food poverty in Ireland. We are grateful for the very generous donation received both this year and in 2017, and for the company’s staff giving their time to volunteer in our Dublin Food Bank. This year’s donation will be used to open a new community food bank in Finglas, and in the coming years we hope that, with GFN and Enterprise’s support, we can help thousands of people through the provision of essential food and support services.”
George O’Connor, Managing Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland, said: “We are delighted to mark our second year in partnership with Crosscare through our volunteering day, as food insecurity is prevalent in many communities across Ireland. As an organisation with 25 branches across the country, supporting the communities where we operate is a vital part of the Enterprise culture.”
Dublin-based Crosscare collects surplus food products from food producers, supermarkets and farms, and then redistributes the donated products to charities across the country to alleviate food poverty. In addition, the charity also provides a range of social care, homeless services, community and youth work.