THE GOOD GRUB INITIATIVE, BECAUSE SCHOOL CHILDREN IN DISADVANTAGED AREAS NEED YOUR HELP…NOW.

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ABOUT US

Good Grub is a not-for-profit initiative delivering over 75,000 nutritious fruit & veg parcels directly to the families of DEIS school children around Ireland. DEIS is a national programme that addresses the needs of children and young adults in disadvantaged communities.

A REAL NEED – Although the government, with the support of their existing DEIS school lunch suppliers will for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, provide basic weekly family food packs to the value of €10, more has to be done. The ‘Good Grub’ team spotted the need to supplement these deliveries with a vital, fresh fruit & veg parcel.

Because of the massive challenge facing us all in stopping the spread of Covid-19 and the likelihood that we will be fighting this pandemic for some time to come, it is imperative that we continue to support these families in desperate need.

Every euro donated by you goes directly to making this happen.

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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

At the start of this crisis, 5 tonne of fresh mixed veg was generously donated by Begley’s Fresh Produce to the O’Reilly family who took it upon themselves to make up over 1,000 family parcels. These were then loaded into the back of a van and delivered to DEIS schools who distributed to the families in need. Spotting that the need was far greater, “Good Grub” initiative was set up to support more families on a continuous weekly basis until this crisis ends.

OUR TARGET IS €500,000

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of your donations, we are now in a position to roll this initiative out across Ireland.
We are very aware that times are hard at present and finding the money to donate to a cause like this is challenging.
But we would continue to appeal to you to spare whatever you can for this vital cause.
Any donation, however small will make a real difference in these families lives.

A donation of €10

Provides 2 families with a week’s supply of fresh fruit and veg

A Donation of €40

Provides 2 families with a month’s supply of fresh fruit and veg

A Donation of €120

Provides 6 families with a month’s supply of fresh fruit and veg

€500,000 raised…

Provides 25,000 families with a month’s supply of fresh fruit and veg

Family Story

Stephen and his two sisters go to school in inner city Dublin. They live with three other siblings and their parents in a tiny flat near the local hospital where their Dad works as a porter. A frontline worker, he provides their only income. Because the area they live in is overrun with drug dealers and desperate users, they are afraid. They rarely go out. His two older siblings are at college now, an achievement their Mam and Dad are so proud of. Despite their lack of space, room is always made for them to study. This is a happy and close family of eight who struggle everyday. The toughest problem that they’ll admit to is, putting food on the table. Just food.

The family avail of regular food parcels from the school, consisting of own-brand products, largely tinned non-perishable goods. As others stock up on fresh produce, this is not a luxury afforded to Stephen and his family, they rely solely on the contents of the packs provided.
Everything they get from this fund will be used and spread as thinly as possible. There is no waste in this house. Not food.
While the children worry about school and college, (they can’t access remote learning and the older siblings used to go to the local library for free wifi when doing their assignments), the parents are worried about the basics, food.

Stephen and his five siblings can’t engage in remote schooling because they don’t have wifi but they are doing their very best with what books they have. School is very important but very hard when children are hungry. There is only one priority here. Food.

While Stephen’s story is a sobering one, it is not unique as this fate is shared by many families across Dublin and Ireland.
(The name of the child is changed but the story is real, as told by a DEIS School Principal).

Family Story image courtesy of Abigail Grull – Unsplash.com

CHARITY PARTNER

Aisling Project
Aisling Project is an After School Intervention working throughout the community of Ballymun.
They currently operate over five afterschool centres across the area, working with over 140 children and young people from the ages of 7 to 16+ years. Aisling Project provides a safe and secure environment for all attending children and young people. They have always been inspired by a vision of love, care and support for each child and young person and it is the focus of everything they do. Aisling Project provides a wide range of ever expanding activities all in a welcoming, safe, caring and fun-filled environment. (Registered Charity Number CHY 14774).

SUPPLY PARTNER

An Irish family business, Glanmore Foods are leaders in the supply of fresh, nutritious foods to our schoolchildren. They supply over 400 schools in the country, providing 50,000 well balanced school lunches daily. When the Covid-19 crisis hit, this naturally stopped as schools were closed. Although they are currently not supplying these schools, their team continue to deliver over 10,000 basic food packs to the families of DEIS children.

Every euro raised fund these vital fruit & veg parcels. Glanmore Foods is procuring fresh fruit and veg product from their suppliers, packing and distributing to DEIS Schools Families via DEIS Schools. Glanmore Foods is providing this service at cost

Everyone involved in Good Grub is participating on a completely voluntary basis and is receiving no remuneration or other personal advantage in return.

Advisory Group

Denis O

Denis O'Reilly

Chairperson & Co Founder - Good Grub. Managing Director of Difference Days (www.differencedays.ie) Leaders in the management of CSR Events
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Billy O’Reilly

Billy O’Reilly

Co Founder - Good Grub - A final year business student, Billy is aiming to use the skills learned in his 4 year degree from TU Dublin to help increase awareness for Good Grub.
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Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

PR - CEO and Founder of Beachhut PR. PR Advisor to the initiative.
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Frank Egan

Frank Egan

Partner Egan O’Reilly Solicitors Advisor on all legal aspects of this initiative.
Paddy Holahan

Paddy Holahan

Governance Experienced Technology Executive, Board Director, Investor.
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Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

Fundraising Strategist Founder of Techies4TempleStreet and Paris2Nice Charity Cycle.
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Ray Nolan

Ray Nolan

Fundraising Expert Founder of several sucessful tech ventures over past 20 years.
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Joe Redmond

Joe Redmond

Governance Managing Director Retail Foreign Exchange Division FEXCO
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Alan Conway

Alan Conway

Managing Director Alway Consulting Financial and Property Adviser.
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Ross Lewis

Ross Lewis

Nutrition advisor. Owner and head chef at Chapter One.
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David Kelly

David Kelly

Marketing and Communication. Discolaw.com
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Debbie Rennick

Debbie Rennick

General Partner Act Venture Capital
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Barbara O

Barbara O'Sullivan

Advisor- Managing Director, Finn & O’Sullivan Accountants and Tax Consultants. Advisor on business, tax and accountancy to Good Grub.
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Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly

Partner, Philip Lee (legal services).
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Brendan O’Hagan

Marketing Support Founder FlyeFit

CREATIVE/MEDIA PARTNERS

VOLUNTEERS

Angela O'Reilly

Angela O'Reilly

Terri Cullinane

Terri Cullinane

Charlie O'Reilly

Charlie O'Reilly

David O'Reilly

David O'Reilly

Luke O'Reilly

Luke O'Reilly

Philip Airey

Philip Airey

Harry Begley

Harry Begley

John F. Burke

John F. Burke

FUNDING AND RESOURCE

STATUS & STRUCTURE

The Good Grub initiative is exclusively targeted at supporting these DEIS School Families in various disadvantaged areas around Ireland until such time as the COVID-19 emergency is brought under control. Hopefully, these school children will soon be back in school where they will again receive a breakfast and lunch. Of course it is not possible to predict with certainty what this period will be, however the project will continue for the duration of the crisis.

There is a strong desire from those behind the project to apply the highest degree of rigour and governance to the structures underpinning the project for its anticipated short duration. All financial matters are being independently audited by Francis Brophy & Company. Our Charity Partner is Aisling Project and we will be following their charity guidelines throughout this project. To this end Good Grub has created an Advisory Group composed of experienced professionals from different industries which meet on a regular basis with a view to ensuring that best practice is maintained in all facets of the operation and governance of the project.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Good Grub initiative is a not-for profit initiative developed to deliver nutritious fruit & veg parcels directly to families of disadvantaged school children in Dublin. These children attend what are known as DEIS schools. DEIS is a national programme that addresses the needs of children and young adults in disadvantaged communities.

The Good Grub initiative is exclusively targeted at supporting these DEIS School Families in various disadvantaged areas of Dublin until such time as the COVID-19 emergency is brought under control. Hopefully, these school children will soon be back in school where they will again receive a breakfast and lunch. Of course it is not possible to predict when this will happen, however we have estimated that the project will continue for a period of three to four months from the time of inception.

The Good Grub initiative will be maintained by an experienced group of professionals, ensuring best practice for the duration.

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CONTACT

ADDRESS:
C/O Difference Days
14 Lower Albert Road
Sandycove
County Dublin
A96N6K1
Ireland

GENERAL ENQUIRIES:
hello@goodgrub.ie

CORPORATE DONATIONS:
corporatedonations@goodgrub.ie