This award is in recognition of the valuable contribution made to the:
- Community Vibrancy of the Ballyduff and surrounding catchment area
- Social Supports in the provision of essential community supports activities, and in addition to social inclusion and a targeted intervention approach towards combating food poverty
- Community, Environment and Rural Development Leadership
Coast Road Community Café opened its doors in 2009 as part of the Bud’s Family and Community Resource Centre. The Café serves fresh food daily to the local community and provides an outreach delivery service to support people to live independently in their own homes. A strong relationship has been developed with Food cloud through the local Tesco store, where 4 nights each week volunteers collect surplus food which is made available to local people. The café also works with Foodshare Kerry as part of the circular economy food distribution of quality surplus food from supermarkets and food producers.
NEWKD recently engaged Dr Brendan O Keefe to produce a socio-economic report on the NEWKD, from which the Ballyduff community rated as the second highest level of deprivation in the NEWKD area, which is consistent with our experience at local level, but also supports the recognition of community activation and food poverty initiatives in this area.
Frank Hayes, Kerry Group outlined his “Congratulations to the Community Café on this award and for creating a thriving and innovative enterprise that is helping the local community overcome some of its most significant challenges”.
John Stack, Chairperson of NEWKD, stated how “NEWKD is delighted to have supported the Community Café during the last decade through our various programmes, and congratulates all volunteers and staff involved in such a progressive, positive and responsive community facility”.