Pictured making the announcement are (L to R): Iseult Ward, FoodCloud Co-Founder, Elaine Maguire, Aldi’s Corporate Responsibility Director and Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Co-Founder.
Aldi Ireland today announced that local charities and community groups across County Leitrim have received over 15,000 meals through Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud.
County Leitrim charities and community groups that have benefited from Aldi’s surplus food donations include the Breffni Family Resource Centre based in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Aldi has donated a total of 500,000 meals through FoodCloud since the partnership began, which equates to a saving of over €700,000 for the charities and community groups involved.
In May, Aldi announced a national partnership with FoodCloud whereby surplus food from Aldi stores across the country would be redistributed to charities and community groups. A total of 79 Aldi stores are now participating in the programme, donating over 234 tonnes of surplus food so far.
FoodCloud is a social enterprise set up to ensure that no good food goes to waste. FoodCloud connects businesses with surplus food with charities in their local communities that need it through an innovative software platform. Using the FoodCloud platform, Aldi staff in a store can, in seconds, upload a description of the products available. There are charities linked up to the store through the platform and one of these charities will receive a text saying the food is available for collection. The charity then collects the food and redistributes it to people in the community that need it.
FoodCloud Hubs in Cork, Galway and Dublin rescue, store and redistribute large volumes and a great variety of surplus food from the food industry to charities across Ireland. Aldi's Regional Distribution Centre in Cork is working with FoodCloud Hubs, enabling Aldi to help even more charities.