Tralee Soup Kitchen Delighted With Donation From Tesco Community Fund

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Collette Price of Tralee Soup Kitchen accepts a cheque from Tesco Manor West Store Community Champion Louise O’Connor and Store Manager Anna O’Sullivan with, at back Mary Dolan and Kerry O’Connell from the Soup Kitchen. Photo by Dermot Crean

A DONATION from Tesco in Tralee will make a huge difference at Tralee Soup Kitchen this winter.

A cheque was presented by Tesco Manor West staff at Teach an tSolais for €622.64 on Tuesday. Collette Price from the Soup Kitchen described the effect the donation will have.

“We are over the moon with this donation. It’s a huge amount for us and when they rang to tell us how much it was, I was shocked. It will keep us going up to March of next year in term of providing food. Every cent that comes into us goes into buying food for people who come in,” she said.

The cause really struck a chord with Tesco customers as Tesco Manor West Store Manager, Anna O’Sullivan, explained.

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“People in Tralee like to support local causes and we were overwhelmed with the amount of support for the Soup Kitchen, it’s the biggest donation in four and a half years.”

So far, through the Tesco Community Fund, Tesco in Manor West has given over €29,000 to local causes while The Square store has given €15,000. The four Kerry stores have given around €100,000 over the past four years.

Despite reports of an upturn in the economy, the demand for the services of the Soup Kitchen, which has been running since 2012, is still there.

“We’re still averaging between 60 and 80 people coming in our doors every Saturday,  said Collette Price. “With the winter coming that number will increase as people will have higher fuel and electricity bills to pay. It’s mainly men in their late 50s and women in their late 40s/early 50s coming in. We open every Saturday at 12noon until 2pm,”

People can donate cash, vouchers to the Tralee Soup Kitchen and with winter approaching they are also looking for jumpers, jackets and coats which will be laid out in the hall and people in need can take them.

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