Café Derry offering free meals for children and help with heating costs

A cafe in Derry has announced on social media that it will be offering free children’s meals until next Friday for families who may be struggling with rising energy and oil costs.

Claude’s Café is known in the city for its incredible generosity towards people in need.

Their annual Christmas lunch provides food and gifts to those in need at Christmas time and represents the best of the Derry community.

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In a social media post this week, the cafe said it was taking additional steps to help families cope with rising costs.

The Facebook post read: “Due to the current unprecedented oil and gas prices, we know that some members of our community are really struggling to stay warm and eat.

“We find this completely unacceptable which is why Claudes is offering free meals for children from now until Friday next week, just call 02871279379 to place your order for collection.

“Claudes will also be helping a few seniors in our community with heating costs, if you know anyone please private message us (please ask them first).

“We can’t help everyone, but if we can all do a little, it becomes a lot.”

Families across the UK and beyond have been hit extremely hard by the sharp rise in prices for basic necessities like energy, oil and food.

Protests over rising fuel and energy costs in Derry continue, with the third wave of protests scheduled for April 2.

Read more: £200 Energy Payments NI: Deirdre Hargey confirms delay due to ‘technical issue’

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Christy J. Olson