FoodCloud, the social enterprise that redistributes food that would otherwise end up as waste, shipped more food to more recipients last year than any other year in its nine-year history.
The organisation, which operates three hubs in Ireland and a technology platform connecting retailers with community organizations in four markets, redistributed 16,380 tonnes of surplus food in 2021, a 25 per cent increase on the amount redistributed in 2020.
FoodCloud Retail worked with Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Musgrave MarketPlace and Tesco
It also operates in the UK, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
In Ireland, 3,126 tonnes of excess food, the equivalent of 7.4 million meals, has been redistributed, a 12 per cent increase from the unprecedented level of 2020.
FoodCloud Retail worked with Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Musgrave MarketPlace and Tesco to redistribute 1,439 tonnes of excess food, equivalent to 3.4 million meals and 4,604 tonnes of CO2e avoided, a 12% increase over 2020.
FoodCloud Hubs worked with more than 180 food industry partners to redistribute 1,687 tons of excess food, equivalent to 4 million meals and avoiding 5,399 tons of CO2 equivalents.
“We assume that this demand will continue to grow”
Total income was slightly higher at €8.6 million, including income from the FEAD programme, an EU-wide program to help people out of poverty, and its corporate volunteer scheme.
Income from grants and donations was €2,423,351 (€2,479,336 in 2020). The annual profit after depreciation amounted to €19,411 after €756,231.
Iseult Ward, CEO of FoodCloud said: “As we face a challenging few months with the cost of living crisis, the impact of the war in Ukraine and energy price increases, we expect this demand to continue to grow and we would urge all food industry partners and our partners in business and government to support these communities in any way we can.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/food-charity-foodcloud-distributed-more-food-in-2021-than-in-its-nine-year-history-42030994.html Food charity FoodCloud distributed more food in 2021 than in its nine-year history