Our food service is our primary and longest running service. We serve breakfast and dinner, 6 days a week, free of charge to those who are homeless. We deliver this service with our staff and volunteers. We rely on the help of Food Cloud and ESF+ Food and Basic Material Support in providing over 30,000 meals per year.


Monday – Friday:             8.30 am – 4.30 pm

                                            4.30 – 10.30 pm – Evening Service, closed door service from 4.30 pm. Last admission at 7.30 pm. This service is for those sleeping outside only.

Sundays:                           9.30 am – 2.30 pm

                                           5.30 – 10.30 pm – Evening Service, closed door service from 5.30 pm. Last admission at 7.30 pm. This service is for those sleeping outside only.

The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) Food & Basic Material Support helps support people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.

90% of the funding comes from the EU with the balance of funding coming from the Irish Exchequer.

The Department of Social Protection manages this programme in Ireland.

Our charity benefits from food assistance. The programme provides non-perishable food via their charity partners to families and individuals in need. Food supplied consist of breakfast cereals, rice, pasta and pasta sauce, soups, canned fish, jam, tea, coffee, sugar, and canned vegetables and fruit. The food items are easy to transport and store.

Food Parcels

The ESF+ programme also enables us to provide food parcels to those living in the community and struggling. Food parcels can be collected anytime during our opening hours and we offer one parcel per household per week. Registration is required. To register, present at Mendicity during opening hours with photo ID and proof of address. 


Mendicity is a low threshold food and day service for people experiencing homelessness. We are open 6 days per week and serve 2 meals per day, as well as tea & coffee and snacks throughout.

We have approximately 250 regulars attending our service, and over half of these have no income at all. A large portion of our service users are EU migrants, and International Protection applicants who are sleeping outside.

Our food and day service offers the following support to those who are homeless:

      • Meal service

      • Daytime shelter with access to Wi-Fi and charging facilities

      • Hygiene: shower, laundry, hygiene packs, clean clothes

      • Advocacy and employment support

      • Safety Net Primary Care

    In addition to our food and day service, we also offer part-time employment to those coming from homelessness and addiction in our social enterprise. This employment is offered to those eligible for Tús.


    The Mendicity Institution has been in operation for 205 years. Since 1818, we have been continuously helping those who are homeless, poor and marginalised. Our food and employment services still survive today. However, in the past we offered additional supports such as our transmission service – offering fare for passage home or to emigrate to a new life. Mendicity has survived many turbulent times in history including the Famine, 1916 Rising and many more.

    Read all about our extensive history in the latest edition of ‘Dublin Outsiders: A History of the Mendicity Institution 1818 – 2018’, available to buy online in our shop. All proceeds go towards our frontline services.

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    Who can access our service?

    Mendicity is open to those who are homeless. We will prioritise those sleeping outside or staying in hostel accommodation with limited support. New presentations must be verified.

    What services do we provide?

    We offer free meals daily, tea/coffee, snacks, WiFi and charging facilities. We also offer a shower and laundry service, as well as access to hygiene products. This service is limited to those who are known to our organisation and to people who are sleeping outside and/or with no income. We also offer limited support in accessing accommodation, employment and training. We offer food parcels to people living in the community (registration required). These services are all free of charge and subject to availability. 

    What hours are we open?

    We are open Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 10.30 pm (closed door access from 4:30 pm. Last admission at 7:30 pm. Evening service only for those sleeping outside). On Sundays we open 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, and again from 5:30 – 10:30 pm (. We serve two meals per day and snacks/tea/coffee throughout. 

    How can I apply to work in the Workshop?

    Those who are long term homeless and are experiencing addiction are welcome to apply to our social enterprise. Employment in the social enterprise is offered  to those eligible for Tús. To apply email workshop@mendicity.org

    Our Team

    Our Team

    Louisa Santoro

    Jackie Whelan
    Kitchen Staff

    Kitchen Staff

    Tanya Morozova

    Front of House 

    Head of Operations
    With your help, we can provide free supports to those experiencing homelessness

    With your help, we can provide free supports to those experiencing homelessness

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    We provide over 35,000 free meals per year



    Access to shower, laundry, hygiene products and clean clothing

    Training & Employment

    Training & Employment

    Access to training and employment supports as well as free WiFi and charging facilities


    Social Enterprise

    Employment in Mendicity to those experiencing homelessness and addiction
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    Other Services


    Clean clothes, access to showers, toiletries and laundry facilities


    Safetynet Primary Care

    Food Service

    Mon – Fri: 8.30 am – 10.30 pm Sundays: 9.30 am - 2.30 pm / 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm

    Daytime Shelter

    With access to Wi-Fi and charging facilities

    Advocacy & Assistance

    We offer support and access to services