Nestlé Ireland has announced that it is renewing its partnership with Dublin Simon Community, which offers services and supports to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.
The partnership will involve the donation of Nestlé food and beverage products to support the work of Dublin Simon Community in delivering emergency accommodation and long-term housing for individuals and families. In 2020, Dublin Simon assisted over 7,600 families and individuals with over 1,900 securing short-term accommodation with or due to Dublin Simon support or referrals.
Over the last number of years, Nestlé Ireland has provided over 4 million cups of Nescafé coffee and 250,000 KitKat bars to support Dublin Simon across a range of service delivery to people in need of emergency and long-term accommodation, medical treatment, counselling services, as well as education and employability courses for those looking to upskill and re-enter the workforce.
According to Kieran Conroy, Nestlé Ireland Country Manager, Nestlé is proud to support Simon's work in the heart of the community where it helps those who are homeless or at risk through providing medical treatment, recovery, counselling and other vital services.
Sam McGuinness, CEO Dublin Simon acknowledged Nestlé's ongoing commitment to Dublin Simon's vision to make home a reality, commenting that it is through lasting partnerships that significant impact and positive change can be made. He added: "As a vital supporter of our Food for Simon programme, Nestlé Ireland has provided our clients, residents and services with essential products, leading to significant cost-savings of over €250,000 which have allowed us to focus funding on the life-saving housing, treatment and key working services that need it most. We would like to thank Nestlé for their generosity and look forward to continuing our partnership into the years ahead."
Today's announcement also coincided with the presentation by Dublin Simon to Nestlé Ireland of the "Lasting Impact Award" in recognition of Nestlé Ireland's commitment and support for Dublin Simon.
Pictured at Chester House, one of Dublin Simon's Permanent High Support Accommodation facilities are: (l-r) Kieran Conroy, Country Manager with Nestlé Ireland; Sam McGuinness, Chief Executive, Dublin Simon Community.