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Corr, Caroline (2005) Food for thought: a review of the Fáiltiú Food Service. In: Pieces of the jigsaw: six reports addressing homelessness and drug use in Ireland. Dublin: Merchants Quay Ireland , pp. 300-328.

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A review of the Fáiltiú Food Service, which operates as part of the Fáiltiú Resource Centre, was undertaken in 2001 to establish whether it was necessary and to investigate what alternatives existed for clients. Management, staff and 50 clients of the service were interviewed. Results showed that 86% of the clients relied on the service, and most used it 4 or 5 times a week; the Sunday Service was seen as important in filling a gap in service provision for homeless people during the weekend.

The service was seen as particularly indispensable to older clients, and was useful in attracting new clients to the centre. It was found to provide food in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. The review found that the service has become increasingly popular and is admirably meeting the needs of homeless people. The study recommends a number of improvements in the organisation, staffing and development of the service to ensure that it meets the nutritional and socialisation needs of both service users and staff.

Item Type:Book Section
Call No:MK10.6, AA2, VH4.2
Page Range:pp. 300-328
Publisher:Merchants Quay Ireland
Place of Publication:Dublin
Keywords:food and meal program, Dublin, homeless, outreach to the homeless
Notes:includes bibliograpic references
Accession Number:HRB 2960 (Available)
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness > Homeless services
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Drugs and alcohol prevention > Drugs and alcohol use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility

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