Ashling, you are a Good, Decent Person, Mind your Health, let the Fucking Entitled so called Classes Wait, or they can, Say, their Ukranian, then, Hotel Room Service? Be Safe Ashling?

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Founder of food bank verbally abused by ‘entitled’ people looking for support

Ashling Lowe, of the Meath Food Bank, said new service users have been abusing her on the phone

Ashling Lowe of the Meath Food Bank
Ashling Lowe of the Meath Food Bank (Image: Irish Mirror)

The founder of a food back has been left in tears after verbal abuse from new service users who are demanding supplies.

Ashling Lowe, of the Meath Food Bank, told the Irish Mirror she suffered serious health issues and has had to take time off after entitled people abused her over the phone. She says the service is under huge pressure as cost of living continues to rise.

The food bank has supported almost 4,000 people over the past six years, however demand is now getting higher as Irish people struggle to pay their bills.

Ashling said: “We have had so many new service users because of the rising costs of living recently, which has also affected us in terms of needing more donations to afford the same amount of food. We now need €1,800 to keep the Navan-based food bank shelves stocked. Prices are increasing and people can no longer afford to make big donations.

“Some days we have nothing left and can’t do deliveries that day as we need to go shopping to restock and look after people the following day. But you just can’t explain that to some of the new service users. It goes in one ear and out the other and they chuck abuse at you down the phone.

“The service users that need our service for years are very understanding and send lovely messages. But I get a barrage of abuse from some of the new service users because I don’t have what they want.

“I get told they’ll never ring again, that I can look after everyone else but them. I’ve been told to F you and other obscenities. I’ve heard it all.

“I can’t tolerate that for me or my volunteers. Many of my volunteers are service users who can’t donate food or money, but they can donate their time which is massive to me.”

Ashling has had health issues due to the stress of running the service and has been left in tears due to the abuse she has suffered.

“I suffered shingles for six weeks due to stress and I had to take a day off from the food bank because of the abuse I was getting. I came home, curled up on the couch and cried for two hours. Many of the new service users have a sense of entitlement which can be a little overwhelming.

“People have to have a bit of manners and realise the effect abuse can have on others. I’m open and honest that I suffer from mental health issues. We are all human beings and most of us are just trying to get through each day by doing the best we can for others.”

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