What is FoodCloud?

In July 2014, Tesco and FoodCloud launched a ground-breaking partnership that sees all surplus food from Tesco's 149 stores redistributed to charities and community groups through the use of FoodCloud's App which was set up by two young social entrepreneurs, Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien.

The partnership follows a successful FoodCloud pilot programme in 18 Tesco stores, which ran from October 2013 to February 2014 and saw us donate almost 60,000 meals or 27 tonnes of food to 38 charities. Since partnering with FoodCloud, charities such as Drogheda Homeless Aid has been able to reduce its weekly food costs by an average of 30%.

 

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About FoodCloud

FoodCloud offers a fast and efficient way for businesses to donate surplus food to charities within their communities. Surplus food is food that is perfectly fit for human consumption but cannot be sold for a variety of reasons (e.g.: fresh produce that will not be sold the next day, short dated product, slightly damaged packaging or mistakes in ordering).

By using the FoodCloud application a business can upload details of their surplus food and the time period in which the food can be collected. A text message is sent automatically to charities in the community and the first charity to accept the offer collects it directly from the business.

Working with charities

FoodCloud creates a network of charities to match donating businesses. These charities provide support to many individuals within the community, including; children and youth at risk of food poverty, single parents, the elderly, those who are homeless, those who are going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation, those who are unemployed, women who are escaping domestic violence; and families with low incomes who need help to get by.

When working with charities, FoodCloud ask the following requirements of charities: that they are registered charities with a CHY number; they have, or are willing to implement, a Food Safety Management system; and that they have received relevant food safety training/instruction.

To learn more about the work we do with FoodCloud click here.