IT is now some four weeks since the Cork District Relief Committee suspended it operations. The food depots of the city were supported by, and were under the entire management of this body, and should, as a matter of course, be closed when its functions terminated. Father Mathew, seeing the amount of destitution relieved by those establishments, and the vast misery that would ensue should they be closed at such a season, took on himself the entire responsibility of the southern depot, which, since that time, he has kept open at his own private cost, aided by the casual charities sent him by the benevolent.
A reporter from this establishment visited the depot on Saturday last, when there were between FIVE and SIX THOUSAND individuals, of both sexes, old and young, congregated in the large yard attached thereto, all eating with an avidity seldom surpassed, the wholesome and substantial food which had just been dispensed to them. Father Mathew has had erected THREE new boilers, in addition to the two already erected by the committee, in consequence of the vastly increased number of poor relieved.
The gates are kept open every day till one o’clock, when all who seek relief are indiscriminately admitted. The food distributed is composed of the best Indian meal made into “stirabout,” and constitutes a wholesome and nutritious article of dietary. The expense entailed by this establishment is enormous, the consumption of Indian meal amounting daily to near ONE TON-AND-A QUARTER which, with the staff required for the making and proper distribution of the food, costs over £130 per week.
We trust that Father Mathew will be liberally aided by the benevolent in this truly charitable undertaking, and that they will not allow his private resources to suffer therefrom.