Amount Of Food Distributed By Social Enterprise FoodCloud Increased In 2020
The amount of food distributed from social enterprise FoodCloud's warehouse operations increased by 77% year-on-year in 2020 due its emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout last year.
As reported by The Irish Independent, FoodCloud, which is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to charities in their local communities via a software platform, delivered the equivalent of 7.2 million meals to communities throughout Ireland in total in 2020 and avoided 9,670 tonnes in CO2 emissions in the process.
Working With Food Companies And Retailers To Redistribute Food
FoodCloud reportedly worked with more than 190 food companies 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.
FoodCloud reportedly also worked with food retailers Aldi, Dunnes, Lidl, Musgrave MarketPlace and Tesco to redistribute a further 1,285 tonnes of surplus food.
FoodCloud's annual report reportedly reveals that total income including fundraising for 2020 increased to €8.4 million, which reportedly included a full year's contribution from the merger of FoodCloud Hubs with FoodCloud.
Working Closely With The Department Of Social Protection
FoodCloud reportedly also continued to work closely with the Department of Social Protection.
FoodCloud CEO Statement
The Irish Independent quotes FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward as saying, "The problem has by no means gone away. The volume of food we have distributed up to the end of July 2021 is 18% 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."
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