Food Appeal Results 2023

October 27, 2023

A huge thank-you from the group of Transition Year students to everyone who generously donated to their food appeal this week. They are delighted with what they collected and they are very grateful to everyone who supported them.


In addition to collecting food at school, the TY students involved also spent a day working in Swords Central and Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre. They waited outside Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and Penneys with a trolley. They asked the shoppers going in to buy one item of food or clothing for the homeless. The customers at these locations were extremely generous and kind to our students with many of them buying far more than one extra item. In fact, the students were only in situ for 30 minutes when a very generous shopper told them to fill up a trolley in SuperValu to the tune of €100 and he would pay for it at the checkout! 


Overall, the campaign was a great success and here is just a small sample of what we collected:


  • 18,850 tea bags

  • 212kg of  pasta 

  • 1,238 nappies

  • 321 packets of crisps

  • 249 tins of beans

  • 10kg of cereal

  • 74kg of porridge

  • 645 sanitary items

  • 73 pairs of gloves

  • 364 pairs of socks

  • 98 hats

  • 29 scarfs

  • 121 pairs of underwear

The TY students would like to thank the management of Swords Central, Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores and Penneys for facilitating the event. 


All items were donated to the soup kitchen “Friends helping Friends.” “Friends helping Friends” are a soup kitchen based on Westmoreland Street twice a week. They provide hot meals, hot drinks, snacks, sandwiches and clothes for up to 400 men, women and children every night. The soup kitchen is run entirely by volunteers and they rely 100% on donations of food and clothing from the public.


For more information on this organisation and the work they do, please click the links below.