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We need serious momentum behind suspended food movement

I’m 32, from Cork City, and now living in New Zealand.

The homeless crisis in Ireland is out of control. It’s getting worse and worse as the years go by.

Most of the things I’m reading overseas are telling stories of ordinary people, who because of a series of unfortunate events, have found themselves sleeping on the streets.

Take a minute to imagine your own mother having to sleep in a doorway in a city centre with no food, no sense of safety, no company, and no hope.

These homeless people are someone’s mother/father/child/family.

Many of you will have seen posts on social media about “pending coffees”.

This genius idea allows people to pay for a second hot drink in certain cafes/restaurants that can then be requested by a homeless/needy person.

“Any coffees/pending?”

Does anyone out there know if anywhere in Cork, does this for food?

Can anyone help me to try to make this happen if it’s not already in place?

Who knows a cafe/restaurant manager/owner who would be willing to take this on?

I know many people who don’t want to give actual money to homeless people for fear they’ll spend it on alcohol or drugs.

Well, this way would allow you to help and to know that someone got a hot drink and a bite to eat who otherwise may not have been able to.

I feel like it would be a small gesture from people but a big gesture to those who need it.

I am open to any suggestions/feedback on this and I will do whatever I can from here to make this happen, but I’m going to need help, please to seriously get this off the ground.

We need to have a “The Suspended Movement - Cork”.

The idea of the suspended coffee is already in place, so all that would need to be done here is to make it more widespread by encouraging other cafes to follow suit with food and publicise it.

I don’t want this to be just a trend or a gimmick though, I really want this to become standard practice.

It’s a simple, but effective, way of helping someone less fortunate.

To everyone who buys a coffee and sandwich every day in the city, please consider paying for two coffees and two sandwiches (or bowl of soup, or hot baguette etc) so that someone in need can come in and enquire if there’s anything ‘suspended’.

I imagine it would be easy enough for the cafe to execute, just print the receipt for the suspended items and file them, then once used, discard them.

I would love to see the ‘suspended’ concept go further though.

Imagine if every time that someone bought a coffee and a hot chicken roll in a Centra or Mace etc that they paid an extra €1 or €2 and that money went into that particular shop’s ‘suspended fund’?

Any shops willing to take part could sign up with organisations like Cork Penny Dinners or Cork Simon Community so that these organisations can use the ‘suspended fund’ to have more access to essential items that many of us don’t even think about when it comes to people sleeping on the streets; toiletries, bottled water, feminine hygiene products, condoms, first aid supplies, a newspaper, a pen and paper.

We could even take this concept further again by asking Tesco, Dunnes, Aldi, and Lidl to get involved.

I’m going to need help, but I really think it could be something small that makes a difference.

So many of today’s homeless people are only one week’s wages, or one bill payment, or one overdue mortgage repayment away from my or your life and circumstances.

I’m not religious but the phrase that keeps springing to mind is: ‘There but for the grace of God, go I”.

Lynda Morgan

Carroll Street

Box 134

National Park 3948

New Zealand


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