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Food charity FoodCloud distributed more food in 2021 than in its nine-year history

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Purple House Cancer Support’s volunteer chef Gavin Lynch and chef William Murray who partnered with FoodCloud last year to raise awareness about food waste

Purple House Cancer Support’s volunteer chef Gavin Lynch and chef William Murray who partnered with FoodCloud last year to raise awareness about food waste

Purple House Cancer Support’s volunteer chef Gavin Lynch and chef William Murray who partnered with FoodCloud last year to raise awareness about food waste

FoodCloud, the social enterprise which redistributes food which would otherwise end up as waste, provided more food to more recipients last year than in any other year in its nine-year history.

The organisation, which operates three hubs in Ireland as well as a technology platform connecting retailers with community organisations in four markets, redistributed 16,380 tonnes of surplus food in 2021, a 25pc 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 surplus food, the equivalent of 7.4 million meals, were redistributed, a 12pc increase on the unprecedented levels of 2020.

FoodCloud Retail worked with Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Musgrave MarketPlace and Tesco to redistribute 1,439 tonnes of surplus food, the equivalent of 3.4 million meals and 4,604 tonnes of CO2-equvalent avoided, a 12pc increase on 2020.

FoodCloud Hubs worked with more than 180 food industry partners to redistribute 1,687 tonnes of surplus food, the equivalent of 4 million meals and 5,399 tonnes of CO2-equivalent avoided.

‘We expect this demand to grow further’

Total income was slightly ahead at €8.6m, including income from the FEAD programme, an EU-wide programme to help people emerge from poverty, and its corporate volunteer programme. 

Income from grants and donations was €2,423,351 (€2,479,336 in 2020). The surplus for the financial year, after depreciation was €19,411, down from €756,231.

FoodCloud CEO, Iseult Ward said: “As we enter a challenging few months ahead with the cost-of-living crisis, the impacts of war in Ukraine and the energy price hikes, we expect this demand to grow further and we would urge all food industry partners, and our partners in business and government, to step up to support these communities in any way they can.”

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