Food parcels will be handed out to people who are struggling to feed their families as poverty in the city continues to grow.
The initiative is expected to be up and running in the summer at the Friary Hall and will help up to 200 families.
“We are responding to a need but we are also repaying the people of Kilkenny for the generosity that they have shown us over the years,” said Father Sean Donohoe of The Friary.
He explained that a ‘new poverty’ now exists in the city.
“There are some people who just are not able to manage on what they are earning.
“There are people who have massive mortgages and no money left to buy food.
“There are children going to school without lunches and parents going to work hungry,” he said.
Initially food parcels will be handed out to those in need every Tuesday morning.
“We will have the groceries delivered to us on a Monday and there will be a team of volunteers who will put the parcels together and they will be handed out on a Tuesday morning.
“We chose Tuesday because social welfare benefits are given out on a Thursday which means that money may have run out by Tuesday for some people.
“There will be no names and no questions asked and all we ask is that it is limited to one parcel per family,” he said. The Franciscans are funding the venture.