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Heart to Hand a Limerick charity is bridging the gap between companies, community groups and charities. In recent years, many food companies have moved away from binning food which has gone out of date, preferring to give it to those who can really use it best.

Heart to Hand have linked up with 23 charities across the city and the county, as well as a number of companies nationwide to source food to benefit those who need it.

Heart to Hand was founded by Knockainey woman Geraldine O’Sullivan, whos main aim is to ensure that the food being got rid of by companies goes to those who need it the most. Heart to Hand donates produce which is on the brink of going out of date, or is incorrectly dated items.

Once a week, part of the Munster Logistics warehouse in Raheen is turned into a ‘food distribution centre’, where companies can drop off unwanted goods, which are later distributed by Heart to Hand volunteers to local charities for people in need.

Charities that are currently linked with and benefiting from Heart to Hand include Novas Initiatives, St Vincent De Paul, Adapt House, the Mid-West Simon Community and the Thomond House refuge for abused women.St Munchin’s Community Centre and the Southhill After School Club are also among the groups benefiting from Heart to Hand. For the Southill After School club, the food donation is a godsend. The After School club looks after over 75 students a week, their funding has been recently cut, so the food contribution allows the club to do other things with their money.

If a company is unable to deliver produce to the warehouse in Raheen, this does not mean they cannot get involved with Heart to Hand, as it is one of the roles of a volunteer with Heart to Hand is to pick up items from locations across the Mid-West in a refrigerated van. The van used for was donated to the group by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund.

Heart to Hand Limerick has also linked up with both Aldi and Tesco, while Bia Food initiative also provides a weekly delivery of food to Limerick.

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