Aldi Ireland donates 500,000 meals to charity through FoodCloud

Iseult Ward, FoodCloud co-founder, Elaine Maguire, Aldi’s corporate responsibility director and Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud co-founder

A total of 79 Aldi stores across the country now participating in FoodCloud programme which redistributes surplus food to charities and community groups

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15 November 2016 | 0

Since launching a national partnership with FoodCloud in May, Aldi has donated 500,000 meals to charities through the social enterprise group.  Importantly, the milestone figure equates to a saving of over €700,000 for the charities and community groups involved.

A total of 79 Aldi stores are now participating in the programme whereby surplus food is redistributed to charities and community groups.

Organisations across Ireland have now benefited from the initiative, including the Doorway Project in Letterkenny, Irish Wheelchair Association Sligo, Cashel Social Services and Drogheda Homeless Aid.

Commenting, Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s group buying director said: “Even across an efficient retail operation such as Aldi, there will unavoidably be some unsold, surplus food each day. By partnering with FoodCloud such surplus food goes to a good cause. Combating food poverty and waste in the areas our stores serve is a central pillar of our community programme and we would encourage any charity or community group that can benefit from FoodCloud’s services to register at www.food.cloud/.”

Using an innovative software platform to connect businesses with surplus food and the local charities that need it, FoodCloud has hubs in Cork, Galway and Dublin, which store and redistribute large volumes of surplus food.  Aldi’s regional distribution centre in Cork is also working with FoodCloud Hubs, enabling Aldi to help more charities.

Overall, Aldi says its community support programme aims to make a difference to the communities it serves, focusing on combating food poverty, improving the wellbeing of families, and helping develop Ireland’s youth.  Foróige, The Irish Cancer Society, WEEE Ireland and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul are some of the other organisations that have benefited from Aldi’s programme through donations, sponsorship and staff participation this year.

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