FoodCloud’s emergency response to the pandemic throughout 2020 saw the social enterprise distribute 77pc more food from its warehouse operations compared to 2019.
In total, FoodCloud delivered the equivalent of 7.2 million meals to communities throughout Ireland, with 9,670 tonnes in CO₂ emissions avoided in the process.
FoodCloud worked with over 190 food companies, including Glanbia, Kellogg’s, Meade Potato Company, Nestlé and Mars Ireland to redistribute 1,737 tonnes of surplus and donated food through its three FoodCloud warehousing hubs in Cork, Dublin and Galway to a network of 281 community groups.
It also worked with food retailers Aldi, Dunnes, Lidl, Musgrave MarketPlace and Tesco to redistribute an additional 1,285 tonnes of surplus food.
According to its annual report, total income including fundraising for 2020 increased to €8.4m, which included a full year’s contribution from the merger of FoodCloud Hubs with FoodCloud.
FoodCloud continued to work closely with the Department of Social Protection
Commenting on the latest accounts, FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward said: “The problem has by no means gone away. The volume of food we have distributed up to the end of July 2021 is 18pc higher than the same period in 2020.
“The combined effects of climate change and food insecurity during Covid-19 has brought the issue of food waste into sharp focus. FoodCloud is ready to tackle these challenges head on as we simultaneously work towards our 2030 vision for an Ireland that has a less wasteful and more sustainable food system.”
Source – The Irish Independent