The generous students of Midleton CBS Primary School formed a human food chain as they passed more than 1,500 grocery items to a waiting car last Friday.
The donation of non-perishables was being taken to the local Saint Vincent De Paul Food Bank to be shared among those in in the area who are most in need.
Every December for almost a decade the National School has held this initiative to get the children to think about giving food to people in need, and to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
The sizable donations will be packed into special Christmas Hampers for families across East Cork.
Principal, Mary Cunningham said that, for Midleton CBS Boys National School, their Christmas Food Appeal is “a way of sharing the joy of Christmas.”
Despite the recent economic news that the Irish Economy is continuing to grow and the level of unemployment set to plummet to 5%, SVP say the rising economic tide is leaving some working poor hungry and treading water.
Denis O’Shea, Chairman of the St Patrick’s Conference of De Paul told the students the food provided would make a “huge difference.”
“If you have very little, every little thing makes a huge difference.”
The Midleton Conference member said in the past few months an unprecedented demand has been put on the service. He said SVP were now seeing the consequences of those with job losses, due to serious illness, who are relying on the charity to help them until they are back on their feet. “There has been an incredible run of people with serious illnesses. People who were leading normal lives were struck down with illness, and suddenly were in trouble with mortgage and rent.”
Mr O’Shea said the support which they get from the local clergy, including monthly Church Gate collections and schools such Midleton Boys Primary CBS is a “massive benefit” to their work supporting local families who are less fortunate.