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Mid West Simon Community distributes school stationery packs for children

Mid West Simon Community announced that they will distribute school stationery packs for children who are in need from Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary to clients registered for the food programme: FEAD (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived)  for a second year.

Mid West Simon Community distributes school stationery packs for children-in-need

Mid West Simon Community announced that they will distribute school stationery packs for children who are in need from Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary to clients registered for the food programme: FEAD (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived)  for a second year.

In 2017, Mid West Simon managed the programme helping 3500 children returning to school with school supplies. The distribution packs included copies, hardback copies, colouring pencils, pens, pencils, folders, rulers, calculators for the older children and other necessary stationery. 

Mid West Simon has obtained funding from the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD). The aim of the school stationery packs is to free up additional income for families and individuals who are struggling with rent or mortgage payments. Since 2014, Mid West Simon has been supporting clients by offering a food bank service to individuals and families experiencing food poverty and/or those at risk of homelessness.

Jenny Walsh, who is in charge of the FEAD programme said“Last year we were asked to pilot the School FEAD programme providing school stationery packs to primary, secondary and third level students to clients registered for the food bank.  This was an add-on to the FEAD food programme administered by the Department of Social Protection.  These packs contain copies, hardback copies, pens, pencils, math sets, calculators etc.”

Clients of the Mid West Simon Community already registered for the FEAD food bank programme will qualify for the school stationery packs that are supplied by the Department of Social Protection. However,  supplies are limited, so all applicants are advised to put their name down for the school pack before 4 pm, July as supplies are limited. 

“This year we will be distributing 4,500 packs in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.”, said Jenny.

The Mid West Simon Community covers Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary and the charity helps thousands of people including those who are sleeping rough, homeless families, children in low-income families or facing educational challenges, women experiencing domestic violence, addicts, people from marginalised communities, people coming from emergency accommodation, and institutionalised care or places of detention. Their services range from accommodation services, family support, and food supply.

Mid West Simon is looking for corporates/groups (minimum 15 people) who would be interested in volunteering to pack the stationary at the end of July in Limerick. 

Anyone in the areas of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary wishing to sign up to the programme please contact Mid West Simon Community on 061 608980.

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