Kepak beefs up charity programme with Simon Community partnership
Kepak has announced a new charity partnership with the Simon Community that will provide an estimated 4 tonnes of meat, significantly reducing the charity's costs in that area.
30 October 2018
Over the next four months, Kepak will begin delivering a range of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to Simon Community locations across Dublin, Cork and Limerick. During this time, the meat producer will donate an estimated 4.2 tonnes of meat to the Simon Community, reducing the charity’s meat costs by almost 30%.
Niamh Keating, head of human resources for Kepak Group, said the company is delighted with the new partnership.
“Given the housing and homelessness crisis we are currently experiencing in this country,” Keating said, “there has never been a more relevant time to partner with a charity such as the Simon Community. As a business, we are in the fortunate position to be able to provide food products to people in need and, as such, are delighted to be able to help.”
Keating said Kepak staff will also be encouraged to give their time and effort to a number of fundraising intiatives over the coming months in order to raise additional funds. These include a five mile sponsored run, care pack collections, a Christmas jumper day and several educational events.
Welcoming the partnership, Justyna Drogomirecka, fundraising development manager for the Simon Community, said the charity is extremely grateful at the gesture by Kepak. “Partnerships like these are of enormous value to the Simon Community services across Ireland,” she said, “meaning we can re-direct cost savings to providing our vital services such as outreach, housing and health supports to people who are homeless or at risk.”
This year Simon Communities around the country will provide over 400,000 meals to people in need. “It is only with the kindness of supporters like Kepak that these life-changing services are possible,” Drogomirecka added.