3,908 meals donated to local Longford charities

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

3,908 meals donated to local Longford charities

Pictured l to r are; Iseult Ward, FoodCloud Co-Founder, Elaine Maguire, Aldi’s Corporate Responsibility Director and Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Co-Founder.

Local charities and community groups across county Longford have received almost 4,000 meals through Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud.

The groups that have benefited from Aldi’s surplus food donations include St Martha’s Hostel based in Longford town, the Bridgeway Family Resource Centre based in Ballymahon and Springlawn Community Childcare based in Longford town.

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.

Commenting, Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s Group Buying Director said, “We are delighted to be supporting charities across County Longford through FoodCloud.  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 in County Longford that can benefit from FoodCloud’s services to register atwww.food.cloud/.”  

“We recently received the ‘Best Charitable Initiative’ award at the Checkout National FMCG Awards for our work with FoodCloud and are delighted to partner with such an innovative and worthwhile cause”, added Mr McCarthy.

Commenting, FoodCloud co-founder Aoibheann O’Brien said, “Our national partnership with Aldi has increased the scale and the number of charities we can help each day, making a real difference to local communities across Ireland.  We are hugely grateful to Aldi for its continued support of FoodCloud and for its incredible donation of 500,000 meals.”

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.

Aldi’s 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.