Council Chair is given “food for thought” at Holy Trinity Primary School, Enniskillen
1st April 2022
The Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson recently visited Holy Trinity Primary School, Enniskillen to view their very successful School’s Food Project, which was set up through funding provided by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
Using funding allocated through The Department For Communities ‘Food and Essential items transition fund’, the Council is working in conjunction with the food re-distribution charity, FareShare NI, to provide free food for pupils at 18 primary and post-primary schools across the district. These schools were selected based on their percentage of free school meals entitlement.
Speaking about the initiative, Councillor Thompson said;
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to working in partnership with other stakeholders to improve the quality of lives of the people of the district. This initiative, between the Council, FareShare NI and schools like Holy Trinity Primary School, is helping to alleviate the significant pressures on some families at a time when the cost of living is increasing rapidly.
I commend Mr Treacy and the staff here at Holy Trinity for their commitment to the FareShare initiative. They are making a real difference to the lives of so many children particularly at this very difficult and challenging time. We are indebted to them for their participation in the scheme.”
Each school has been awarded £1,500 worth of credit with FareShare to access food, with a total of £27,000 having been provided through the Department For Communities fund.
School Principal Brian Treacy paid tribute to the Council, School staff and FareShare NI for this important initiative:
“The school staff, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and FareShare NI have done great work in supporting our school community through this initiative. Each week a van load of goods arrives at the school, the staff sort these goods into hampers and these are distributed to families in our local community. The program has been very successful and Steven Ormsby from the Council has provided great support throughout. We were delighted to welcome Chair of the Council Cllr Errol Thompson to view our programme in operation and to express our thanks.”
For further information on the FareShare NI initiative, please contact Community Support at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephone on 0300 303 1777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.