FoodCloud contribution surpasses €786,000

FoodCloud contribution surpasses €786,000

03 August 2021
Community News

Glanbia Ireland’s contribution to the FoodCloud surplus food social enterprise has hit over €786,000 latest figures show and over 262,000 tonnes of surplus food has been shared out with deserving families since the partnership was first piloted.

FoodCloud Hubs work with food businesses across Ireland who have volumes of surplus food. They redistribute this to charities who are delighted to have access to a supply of fresh produce. It’s a win-win for businesses such as Glanbia which is happy to contribute to the community in a meaningful and practical way by ensuring that no good food goes to waste.

Between the start of April and the first week in July of this year alone, Glanbia Ireland donated €106,800 worth of surplus food to the charity which helped to feed almost 85,000 families.

Over the years, Glanbia Ireland has donated 262.1 tonnes of food under the initiative. This equates to around 624,000 meals and 838.7 tonnes of avoided CO2. The value of this surplus food is estimated at over €786,000.

Since the growing relationship with FoodCloud began, quality produce from Glanbia Ireland which would otherwise be destined for disposal as surplus, is redistributed to charities across Ireland by FoodCloud, creating a win-win situation by helping charities to save money and helping businesses such as ours reduce our carbon impact.

Commenting on Glanbia Ireland’s contribution to date, Site Manager in Portlaoise, Alan Murphy, said the company is delighted to play its part.

“As a major producer of quality, sustainable food and an Irish company with deep community roots and a reputation for giving, we are anxious to play our part through FoodCloud.

“Being more environmentally aware and developing our community roots and building on our cooperative ethos is very much at the heart of our recently-launched Living Proof sustainability strategy and we look forward to building on this into the future.

“Charitable organisations have been under even greater pressure since the pandemic and Glanbia Ireland is only too happy to contribute, ensuring that surplus, quality food is not wasted and goes to deserving and genuine hardship cases.”