The Taste of Home range is a selection of two delicious jams (Jumbleberry or strawberry & Vanilla) Pear & walnut chutney and a tomato relish produced by Focus Ireland staff and customers in the coffee shop on Eustace Street, Dublin, where the organisation began over 30 years ago. It is just one of Focus Ireland’s new pioneering initiatives designed to help end homelessness.

The idea came from two Focus Ireland workers; Alison Cullen and Liz Farrell who worked day and night mentored and supported by Supervalu Food academy to create a quality product that would help people who are homeless by raising funds for the vital Focus Ireland service in Eustace Street and, at the same time, providing food training and work experience to those who need it.

In addition to the jams and chutneys 40,000 meals a year are produced in Focus Ireland’s coffee shop by a team of professional caterers supported by and for people who have been affected by homelessness.

Focus Ireland works across Ireland to end homelessness by helping people get back on their feet and have and keep homes. The service provides support to over 12,000 people a year. For every Euro received by Focus Ireland 89c goes on services.

Taste of Home jams and chutneys are already on shelf in the Food Academy section of selected SuperValu stores Pavillions Swords, Blanchardstown, Mount Merrion, Sundrive, Walkinstown, Hueston Quarter, Killiney, Deansgrange, Donabate, Palmerstown, Raheny, Killester, Donabate, Balbriggan and Finglas also available in Focus Ireland’s own Beloved stores in Malahide and Douglas Court, Cork, and Naas Co.Kildare.

Alison Cullen 

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