The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin has said it expects to hand out around 2,500 Christmas food hampers today.

The charity opened its doors to the public at 8am and began distributing the food to those who had come.

A queue had formed outside before the charity opened.

Alan Bailey, manager of the centre, said he expects over 2,000 food parcels to be gone before lunchtime.

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He said the amount of food given out will be similar to last year.

Brother Seán Donohoe, co-director of the centre, said it was notable that the number of children and families now using it services.

He said last Sunday the centre held a children's Christmas party where 700 attended, he said last year that figure was 400.

Brother Seán Donohoe