Superintendent Pat O’Connor of Tipperary Town presented the first crop of vegetables from the Garda Allotment in Tipperary Town to the local “Meals on Wheels” initiative. Earlier in the spring, Gardaí took possession of an allotment site at the Carrowclough Allotments in the town. Members of the local District Garda Force began to grow vegetables at the allotment for the sole purpose of donating the fruits of their efforts to the Meals on Wheels initiative.
Teresa Hinchy, Manager of “Meals on Wheels” Tipperary Town and head chef John Allison were on hand to receive the first crop of cabbages from Supt. O’Connor. Ms. Hinchy outlined the great work done by all those involved in the Meals on Wheels Initiative, the project currently serves up in excess of 40 meals a day to those who utilise the service at the Community Service Centre with another 50 dinners being delivered daily to worthy recipients.
The allotment itself is over 2 acres in size and situated in the vicinity of the housing estate at Carrowclough.
Meals on Wheels had its origins in the Tipperary Penny Dinners scheme set up by Canon Hayes in the 1930s. The Meals on Wheels Initiative was handed over to F.A.S. in 2008, and is now being managed by Dept. of Social Protection, Community Employment Scheme on a full time basis.
Supt. O’Connor and his District force hope to be in a position to present further harvested vegetables to Meals on Wheels throughout the summer months. Supt. O’Connor said gardai were delight to hand over the first crop of vegetables from the allotment to such a worthy cause. Members of the District force have volunteered their free time and expertise to produce this current crop of vegetables and they hope that this is the first of many donations to the initiative from the allotment site. A crop of onions and potatoes are close to harvest and they look forward to supplying the kitchen staff with this fresh produce.