Ireland's first food bank, a new innovative approach to helping those in need, opened in Dublin on 11 September 1989.

Ireland's first food bank, a new innovative approach to helping those in need, opened in Dublin on 11 September 1989.

Dublin City Food Bank, set up by the Catholic Social Service Conference to distribute surplus food to the poor, was officially opened by the Minister for Social Welfare, Michael Woods.

Mark Hogan, Project Manager, says that they will be appealing to all manufacturers to give them their support. Bishop Desmond Williams, Chairman of the Catholic Social Service Conference, says that the long term solution to inner city poverty lies in changing the structures in our society which perpetuate poverty. Bishop Desmond sees the food bank as a short term measure to help the deprived cope with poverty.

The food bank operated as a central distribution house for food donated by twenty different businesses.The food was redistributed to voluntary groups which provided meals for those in need.

Kieron Wood reports for RTÉ News on 11 September, 1989.