Coadie McCarthy, Sea Box Group; Kathryn Cassidy, Hamp Sirmans, and Judy Burke, Feed Cork, and Alan Mackesy and Aimee Coughlan, Sea Box Group, pictured at the launch of this year's Sea Box Energy's charity campaign, the Christmas Food Appeal at Feed Cork's premises on Lower Oliver Plunkett St. (Pic: Michael O'Sullivan / OSM PHOTO)

People are being encouraged to bring non-perishable foods and chocolates to various drop-off points around Cork over the coming weeks, to get behind the annual NRG Store Food Appeal which aims to provide families with Christmas provisions.

The appeal will bolster Feed Cork, a voluntary organisation that has prepared more than one million meals for the less fortunate over the past two and a half years.

In the first 18 months, Lower Oliver Plunkett Street-based Feed Cork surpassed 500,000 meals and saw more than 5,000 families catered for, before demand for its services rocketed over the next year.

Feed Cork is partnering with local agencies and businesses to help fight food poverty in Cork, offering a food box filled with a three-day supply of nutritional food for individuals and families in need.

This helps bridge the gap for individuals and families that struggle between meeting pressing financial needs and providing nutritious food for themselves and their families.

The NRG Store Food Appeal, which is the brainchild of Little Island-based firm Sea Box Group, will see a range of 20-foot containers around the city filled with food for Feed Cork by the middle of December.

Drop Off Points

Locally the drop off location point is at Toss Bryans, Courthouse Rd in Fermoy, with further points located at Little Island, Douglas, Tramore Road, Cork; Blackpool Shopping Centre and at South Mall in Cork.