According to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation approximately one in three calories produced is wasted, In Ireland, one in 11 families live in food poverty, with over one million tonnes of food wasted in Ireland per year (Social Inclusion Monitor (2017), Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection).
In an effort to tackle food poverty while supporting our local communities, we partnered with FoodCloud to develop our food redistribution programme. Through our partnership, we have built a network of more than 300 charity and community groups, from disability support services to afterschool clubs to homeless charities, which we support with regular food donations from our stores and warehouses. Not only do our donations enable our partner charity and community groups to provide their members with nutritious meals, they also benefit from substantial savings on food costs which they can reallocate back into their core services.
In Ireland, we donate on average 50,000 meals every month to over 300 charities. To date we have redistributed over 500 tonnes of surplus food, equating to over 1 million meals and representing over €1.4 million in savings to the charity sector.
charity and community groups