Through our own Lidl ‘Feed It Back’ network, powered by FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs, we redistribute surplus food from our warehouses and stores to local charities. Our aim is to tackle food waste and use our surplus food for good, to “feed it back” into our local communities to help those who need support.
In Ireland, 1 in 8 people experience food poverty, and over 1 million tonnes of food are thrown out by homes and businesses every year. FoodCloud connects our stores with local charities to collect surplus food used to prepare meals for those in need. Our partner charities, from breakfast clubs to homeless hostels to family support services, benefit through making savings on food costs. This allows them to relocate much needed funding towards their core services and support their underlying mission.
To date, we have donated over 260,000 meals to charities all over the country and by 2020 our goal is to donate surplus food to Irish charities equating to over 1 million meals.