Lidl commits to donate 1 million meals by 2020 to charity with FoodCloud
18 August 2017
Lidl Ireland has committed to donate 1 million meals to Irish charities by 2020 in conjunction with FoodCloud. With one in eight people in Ireland experiencing food poverty, this partnership will see all 152 Lidl stores and three warehouses in Ireland partnered with hundreds of local charities who will benefit from the store’s surplus food. This is one of 24 targets set by Lidl as part of its Origin Green strategy.
Origin Green is a sustainable development programme, developed for the Irish food industry by Bord Bia. Lidl Ireland is currently the only retailer partnered with FoodCloud to be a verified member of this programme.
As part of Origin Green, Lidl has committed to a sustainable development plan that sets out clear targets in key areas such as waste, emissions, energy, water, responsible sourcing of products, health and nutrition and social sustainability.
FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs is a social enterprise that connects retailers and suppliers to hundreds of local charities to redistribute surplus food via a software platform. This redistribution allows charities to relocate funding, that would otherwise have been spent on food, towards their core service and support their underlying mission.
Iseult Ward, co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud said Lidl Ireland has “become a fundamental component in our capacity to help more than 300 charities across Ireland and in helping us ensure no good food in Ireland goes to waste”.