Food Poverty – The Lifelong Impact for Vulnerable Children & Families

About this event

As the leading charity for children in Ireland, Barnardos believes it is important to highlight a major social issue, Food Poverty, supported by our corporate partner, Aldi Ireland.

This forum launched research from Amárach Research which provided insights into this social issue, focusing on raising awareness of the prevalence and impact of food insecurity on children and families in Ireland.

Guest speakers:

  • Joe O'Brien TD, Minister of State for Community Development & Charities
  • Sophie Healy-Thow, Food Systems & Nutrition Activist
  • Michael McLoughlin, CEO Amarach Research
  • Alison Flannery, Research Director, Amarach Research
  • Niall O'Connor, Aldi Group Managing Director
  • Dr Deirdre O'Connor, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and Associate Dean EDI
  • Aoibheann O'Brien, Co-Founder & Partnerships Director FoodCloud
  • Kerri Smith Associate Director of Children’s Services, Barnardos
  • Nuala O'Connor, Barnardos Cook


Download: Food Poverty The Lifelong Impact for Vulnerable Children and Families

Siobhan Greene, Director of Children’s Services for Barnardos commented: “During the last year, with the Covid-19 crisis, we have been supporting families in an immediate and practical manner, with a focus on safety planning, parenting support and education. We also offered a lot of support regarding understanding and managing the emotional impact and anxiety created by the crisis on both parents and children. As part of the practical things we did last year, we distributed over 6,300 education and activity packs to support children in their wellbeing and development while schools were closed. We are sadly seeing the immediate effects of school closures and know there will be long term impacts for many children. We are working hard at the moment to ensure the vulnerable children we work are ready to go back to and stay in school. Every euro donated will help Barnardos support those in need.”