Penny Dinner’s Christmas Makeover
Penny Dinners in Cork City is a Soup Kitchen Charity which feeds almost 2,000 people a week with hot meals, as well as sandwiches and fruit to take away. This charity which has been open since the famine times has grown massively, serving only roughly 150 hot meals per week less than two years ago. This charity which works hard to serve the people of Cork has recently been given a much needed gift of a complete make-over from Celebrity Hotelier Francis Brenan and his team.
Mr. Brenan spent five weeks giving the diner a welcomed makeover, filming for his Christmas Special of ‘At Your Service’. Mr. Brenan claimed that the response from tradesmen and the public had been incredible, and they all had helped bringing Penny Dinners into the 21st Century. The establishment got fitted with a state of the art industrial kitchen, walk in cold room, new floors, a new roof along with a complete overhaul of the dining area and insulation which will all be detrimental in keeping the business alive as well as helping them cope with the high demand in recent times. Francis Brennans RTE show 'At Your Service' followed the makeover of this establishment, as well as sharing stories of the locals who have found comfort, friendship and a well needed hot meal all at this soup kitchen.
Here at Hugh Jordan we tried to help as best we could, offering catering supplies as well as Christmas crackers, napkins, etc to spread the Christmas cheer for those down in Cork.
The establishment which was unveiled on the 28th of November has been running smoother than ever in their newly refurbished establishment, and hopefully it will continue to grow from strength to strength with the help of the community and their volunteers!