28 May 2022

Offaly collection dates for Christmas Food Appeal

Ken Smollen visits families with food every week

Offaly poverty campaigner launches Christmas Food Appeal

Offaly poverty campaigner launches Christmas Food Appeal

Offaly poverty campaigner Ken Smollen is appealing to local people to help families less fortunate than themselves this Christmas by donating to his charitable collection. He will be setting up a collection drive outside Dunnes Stores in the Bridge Shopping Centre Tullamore on December 14, 15 and 16, where people can bring along food supplies.

Ken collects and distributes food all year round, but is making a special appeal for Christmas. Smollen visits scores of houses in Offaly and surrounding counties every night as people continue to contact him asking for help with food.

Ken deals with each family anonymously as he says there is still a stigma attached to food poverty, and that many people ask him to come at night so neighbours don't notice. 

To help these families, Ken is appealing for people to donate the following items:

Breakfast cereals, tea, sugar, tins of beans, spaghetti hoops, dessert rice, pasta and pasta sauce, boil-in-the-bag rice, packets of soup, biscuits, chocolate, cream crackers, selection boxes, christmas pudding, toiletries

If you need help with food, contact the Ken Smollen Food Appeal by texting 085-1432898. 

If you want to donate to the Ken Smollen Christmas Food Appeal, take note of the list below of drop-off points right across the county and Midlands region:

Killina National School; Durrow National School; Central Hotel, Tullamore; Grants in Birr; Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone; Cash N’Carry Direct, Cloncollig, Tullamore; Elvery Sports, Shopping Centre, Edenderry; Pressed 4 Time Dry Cleaners, Edenderry; McLoughlin’s SuperValu, Portarlington; Phyllis Fleming, Clara – 0894468124; Laura Mcdevitt, Edenderry – 0872900792; Deirdre Saunders, Rhode – 0862147219; Lorraine Tierney, Daingean – 0872126380; Irene Corcoran, Cherrytots Playschool, Daingean – 0579362840; Elaine Woods, Banagher – 0872195824; Jenny Weight, Portarlington – 0863432893; Natasha Martin, Natasha's Gift Shop, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. 

More information can be found by searching for the Ken Smollen Food Appeal on Facebook. 

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