FoodCloud is an Irish social enterprise with a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste. They connect food businesses with surplus food to charities and community groups around Ireland and the UK who can use it, reducing both the environmental and social impact of food waste.
Lidl began working with FoodCloud in 2017 and we now operate a national food redistribution programme that sees all of our stores connected with local charities via the FoodCloud technology platform. We also donate to FoodCloud directly through our three regional distribution centres and FoodCloud then redistributes this surplus stock to their network of 500+ charity partners and community groups in Ireland through their warehouse Hubs solution.
Through our partnership with FoodCloud we have redistributed the equivalent of over 2 million meals to charities across Ireland and each day we are building on this impact. In Ireland over 1 million tonnes of food is wasted each year and globally food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. Through our work with FoodCloud we are not only supporting our communities but we are also having a positive impact on the environment through food waste reduction. See what one of our charity partners are saying about the partnership below:
“St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ballina, Co. Mayo has been in existence in Ireland since the 1840’s and was started in Ballina in the 1880’s. We started our Food Project six years ago. We have created a Food Bank and people come to our Resource Centre five days per week. Lidl food donations are distributed to these families. It is brilliant to have loads of fruit & veg to add to our food hampers. We always love to receive any ambient goods as we distribute these also. It has saved us money as we now purchase less vouchers.”
–St.Vincent de Paul Society, Ballina, Co. Mayo