Scoop! Cafe’s recipe to help homeless

A popular eatery will help a homeless charity with a generous scoop from its magic porridge pot.

The Sugarcube on Cork’s South Mall has teamed up with Focus Ireland to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their delicious porridge for the month of November directly to the charity which helps raise awareness and reduce homelessness in the city.

Sugarcube owner, Ernest Cantillon, said he and his team were delighted to get involved.

“Homelessness is a growing problem in Cork and we want to do what we can in the lead-up to Christmas to try and raise awareness for Focus Ireland and the good work they do,” he said.

“The proceeds of the sale of the porridge for the month of November will go directly to the charity and as the days get colder, we hope to sell a lot more porridge and raise a significant amount of money for those with no homes to go to.”

Focus Ireland’s service manager in Cork, Ger Spillane, said the porridge initiative would go a long way towards helping the charity which has seen a surge in demand for its range of services.

“Cold, wet weather makes life even more difficult for anyone who is homeless,” he said.

“In Cork, some people are sleeping rough with the majority of people who are homeless staying in emergency accommodation which is unsuitable for long-term living. It is incredibly hard for families and in particular children in these situations and things are getting worse.” He encouraged other businesses and to follow The Sugarcube’s example.

Recent figures from Focus Ireland show that the number of families becoming homeless has more than doubled in recent months, and that one in every seven persons who access a homeless service is a child.

The charity had to expand its services in Cork last year as more people got into difficulties with mortgages or rents.

It launched a full-time advice and information service which now deals with more than 110 inquiries every month.

In the early stages, most of the calls came from individuals, but the charity said it was fielding more and more calls from families on the brink of homelessness.


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