I am pleased to announce I have published a new book with all the proceeds going to Twist Soup Kitchens.
The book, A Taste of-Ireland.com Food Heroes Vol 1 is a collection of some of the fantastic Irish food producers I have met since I began this blog in 2011.
It is available as hard cover, soft cover, PDF download and ebook depending on your preference. See links and preview below http://blur.by/1bp1z2s
Ebook available for ~2 euro at http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/449331-a-taste-of-ireland-com-food-heroes-vol-1
About the book
In the words of Glen Hansard, “I’m working on a high hope.”
And this high hope is that this book will raise some awareness of two very important and contradictory facts that exist at the present time on this green island of ours.
Firstly, this island is bursting with some great produce & really fine artisanal food producers, in fact I would go so far to say we have some truly world class food producers here at the edge of Europe. Many of these food heroes went unnoticed and dare I say it, unsupported for many years. Luckily there is now a change occurring. Where the general consciousness is awakening to the fact that top quality food, that was always present on this island, is still right on our doorstep. Many chefs thankfully throughout the country are leading the way on this. Local food, made locally by local people with every penny spent on local produce, helping the local economy. This renewed/traditional food culture may turn out to be our most precious resource in terms of economy and tourism.
Secondly however, on this island at this time, Oliver Williams of Twist soup kitchens is seeing “a marked increase in demand” for food at his soup kitchens. The shocking thing is that the demand is no longer just from the homeless and marginalised in our society. The demand is becoming more and more due to pressures on families, particularly single parents, struggling to pay for schoolbooks and uniforms.
Twist is a donation based enterprise where food is donated by local businesses or time is donated by volunteers in order to provide a soup kitchen service that offers free food for anyone that needs it. It relies on the good will of others to help others.
About Twist and their Mission statement
The greatness of a nation is measured by how well it treats the weakest members of its society, not the strongest. My name is Oliver Williams and I am the founder of the Twist Soup Kitchens Galway, Athlone, Roscommon, Sligo and Tuam. When I was 15 years old I left Galway in times similar to now in terms of recession and high unemployment. I went to England to seek my fortune but found myself on the streets alone and frightened. I was lucky to find a place called centrepoint in Soho where I received a hot meal, a bed, and some good advice that paved the way for me to become firstly a panel beater, then mechanic and eventually a helicopter and airplane pilot.
This experience gave me the inspiration to open up the first soup kitchen in Galway. I have never forgot the feeling of being alone and uncared for by society and the crucial helping hand that was centerpoint. I shudder to think what would have happened to me without that help. The Twist outlets have been a total success and we are now feeding over 1,000 people every week. Twist survives on the kindness and goodwill of the Irish people. What we do is give the more needy members of Irish society a hand up rather than a hand out. We are now setting up a food delivery service to those in need and in particular the new poor that are saddled with debt in this country. I am asking you to look into your heart and help me to help them. I am doing my very best to make sure the forgotten members of our society are no longer alone and uncared for. It could be you some day.
Twist soup kitchens kindly request Irish companies to donate any tight dated food or any overstock of product to this cause.