While we might all be enjoying a lovely Christmas with our family, a time full of presents, love and warmth; there are a lot of people around the country that aren’t as lucky as we are.

To give back a little bit, we’ve listed some charities below that could really use your help coming into the new year. Whether it’s sending a text to donate €2, volunteering at a shelter or dropping off some spare food, nothing you do will be too small. This list includes some of the charities you might consider:

Peter McVerry Trust

The latest figures from Peter McVerry Trust show that 9,968 people were in emergency accommodation last month, which was an increase of 244 people in a month. The homeless crisis has reached an unprecedented level in Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust is trying to reduce the issue by offering homeless and housing services, drug treatment services and under 18s residential services. Click here to donate.

ALONE

ALONE, a charity that supports older people in Ireland, has reported that 29% of older people live by themselves – imagine the loneliness and difficulties they face every day! The charity helps to befriend older people and assist them in their day-to-day lives, whether it’s sorting out a daily visitor or helping them with their food shopping. Click here to find out how you can help ALONE.

The Simon Community

Another charity that helps the homeless, The Simon Community operates all over the country. The charity recruits volunteers in January to help with their soup run, social club and more, so if you’re able to, you could start the new year out by helping those in need. Alternatively, find out how to donate here.

The Capuchin Day Centre

Organised by Father Kevin Crowley, The Capuchin Day Centre feeds around 1,400 homeless people in Dublin every day. The charities ethos is ‘No One Goes Hungry’, so they offer breakfast and lunch daily from Monday-Saturday, deliver weekly food parcels and more. To donate, click here.

Saint Vincent de Paul

SVP aims to fight poverty by assisting vulnerable people with financial assistance, daycare, housing and more. The charity carries out its services with the help of 11,000 volunteers and 716 full-time, part-time and seasonal staff from all around the country. To donate or volunteer, click here.

Doctors Without Borders Yemen Appeal

The conflict in Yemen has affected virtually every family in the country. Outbreaks of disease and violence as well as a shortage of basic necessities have ensured that the population is in dire straits. To help Doctors Without Borders supply medical care, as well as food and basic supplies, to this war-torn country, donate here.

In the New Year...

If you’re looking to do some good in 2019, we would encourage you to look out for restaurants that have teamed up with StreetSmart. The charity, which was founded by Brian Cuddy, works to help homeless people in Ireland. The restaurants that work with StreetSmart are committed to donating €2 from every meal sold to the charity as part of StreetSmart’s #DineOutHelpOut initiative. The participating restaurants include FX Buckley Steakhouses, l’Ecrivain and Chameleon Restaurant, amongst many others. To see the full list, click here.

This year, StreetSmart has teamed up with SCOOP, an Irish charity that works to support displace women and children in Syria. By partnering up, the charities are ensuring that their help is utilized around the globe.

We spoke to Brian Cuddy recently to hear more about what StreetSmart and SCOOP are all about:

“Joining together with SCOOP this year seemed like the obvious choice for me. I was at a crossroads with StreetSmart as I had started it four years ago and raised close to €100,000 solely with friends and contacts who were helping me to run it.

It was time for me to take the next step, so I went to my friends who had the same view of the world as I did. Calvin and Andrew from SCOOP believe in social justice and equality like I do so collaborating felt like the right thing to do.

We’ve already started talking about we can grow on the success of this year’s campaign to make next year’s #DineOutHelpOut bigger, better and more widespread. Hopefully, if all goes well, I will have raised €50,000 by the end of this year! To get involved, all you need to do is book a table in a participating StreetSmart restaurant from now until the end of January to enjoy your meal out with family or friends!”

If we’ve missed any charities that work with food, comment below and let us know!

Happy Christmas!