FoodCloud, the internationally acclaimed Irish social enterprise that pioneered the redistribution of surplus food from retailers to local charities, officially launched its third national hub in Oranmore in Galway today to deliver further impact in communities throughout the west of Ireland.
‘Connecting communities through food’ was the theme for the event, which was formally opened by Minister Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine.
Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste annually. FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs were established in 2013 with the aim of addressing the problem of food waste and social exclusion by connecting businesses with surplus food to charities that can use the food in communities across the country. To date they have redistributed over 41 million meals to 7,500 charities all over Ireland and the UK.
The launch of the FoodCloud Hub in Galway establishes their physical presence in the west of Ireland.
Aoibheann O’Brien, CEO of FoodCloud Hubs said:
“FoodCloud Hub in Galway has become a reality as a result of huge commitment and engagement from a wide and diverse range of groups from across society, the food industry, the charity sector, government departments and the business community. So far the Galway Hub has redistributed almost 400 tonnes of food to over 50 charities across the West of Ireland, that is the equivalent to 800,000 meals. The launch event today is a celebration of what has been achieved to date and a thank you to those who have helped to get us here but we also hope it will raise awareness of our presence in Galway and inspire more food businesses and charities to get involved and help to realise a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste.”
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Creed said:
“Every year, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted. Ireland has committed to reduce the amount of food we waste and is taking action by supporting organisations like FoodCloud Hubs and also through Bord Bia’s food sustainability programme, Origin Green. I am delighted to see the expansion of FoodCloud Hubs into the west with the Hub in Oranmore and I encourage all food businesses to get involved to make sure that no good food goes to waste.”
Speaking on behalf of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, CEO said:
“ The availability of food can be critical for people struggling to pay high rents. The availability of food from FoodCloud allows us to help in a substantial way. It enables us to support people to have the opportunity to cover important expenses such as rent, heat and school costs, without having to forgo food or nutrition”
The food served at the launch, created entirely from surplus, was facilitated by Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant, who holds the accolade of Best Chef in Ireland for 2018 and has worked extensively with Massimo Bottura internationally on his Food For the Soul food surplus projects.
For more information on FoodCloud, log onto https://food.cloud/.