"Inspired by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi,We at the Capuchin Day Centre welcome people in need of food aidwho have no home, or are socially excluded, and respecting their dignity provide a caring, pastoral, holistic and non-judgemental service responsive to their needs". (Mission Statement) + The Capuchin Day Centre is run as an apostolate (work) of the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Order and since the late 1960's has operated a food and day care facility for people who are homeless or in need. From humble beginnings of providing soup and sandwiches for about 50 people, we have grown to be the biggest food centre in the city. In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we make no charge for any of our services. We operate an 'Open Door' policy and ask no questions. Other than for child protection and medical purposes we keep no statistics and endeavour to protect the privacy and anonymity of the people who attend the Centre. The challenge for the Centre is that following the collapse of the Banks in September 2008, our numbers have doubled and we now have about 200 people for breakfast and over 400 people for dinner each day. Apart from the people who eat on the premises, every Wednesday we distribute up to 1,000 food parcels for people on the poverty threshold who find it difficult to manage on social welfare benefits and need a help to feed their families.