Energia Group has donated €40,000 to support the vital work of food banks in Omagh, Antrim, Belfast and Dublin this Christmas. The funds will be used to provide essential food supplies for those in need across the island of Ireland for whom Christmas can be a particularly difficult time. As one of Ireland’s leading renewable energy developers, Energia Group has a presence in communities across the country and is committed to continuing to support the local areas in which they are present.
Tom Gillen, Chief Operations Officer, Energia Group, “For the past number of Christmas’ we have been supporting foodbanks and each year we are struck by the importance of the work being done at these centres. We are donating €10,000 to 4 foodbanks located in Omagh, Belfast, Antrim and Dublin. The team in Power NI have volunteered at the South Belfast food bank for the past number of years and this year was no different. We helped to carry out a detailed stocktake at the foodbank so that food could be allocated to where it is needed most. We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and serve and we hope that this donation will help to support the foodbanks and those most in need this Christmas.”
Bruce Gardiner-Crehan, South Belfast Food Bank said, “We are really grateful to the teams from Power NI and Energia Group for coming to help out at our busy food bank over the years. It really is all hands on deck at this time of year as we work tirelessly to prepare food parcels for hundreds of people in need over the festive period. With the donation from Energia Group we will be able to provide over 300 people with a parcel of food. Each parcel contains enough food for 3 days meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can imagine how important these parcels are for people; hope; blessing; help and support. Thank you.”
Gary Ryan MD Customer Solutions, “We supply energy to communities all over Ireland and as such we believe that we have a role to play in supporting those most in need over the festive season. I was delighted to visit the Crosscare community café which is one of the emergency food services operated by Crosscare in Dublin, supporting families and people in need this Christmas. We are delighted to be able to support the Crosscare team in Dublin and the vital work they do help those most in need over the Christmas period.”
Louise Lawless, Manager of the Crosscare Community Café said, “Here at Crosscare, we help hundreds of families and individuals experiencing food poverty across Dublin. At our community café and through our food poverty service, people receive a warm welcome, nutritious food and access to the essential support they need. We want to thank Energia Group for their support, which will help to provide an additional 325 festive food parcels to people coming to us for help this Christmas.”
Energia Group is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations with the aim of creating a more sustainable, equal, and prosperous future across the globe. Through this donation Energia reiterates that commitment while also helping to provide a necessary support for people and families in need this festive season. Energia Group will also be supporting the Black Santa appeals in both Belfast and Dublin as part of their ongoing Christmas charity activity.