In Ireland, since 2013, FoodCloud (CHY21177) have established two national solutions for food redistribution: a network of three food banks (Cork, Galway and Dublin) that redistribute large quantities of surplus food across Ireland and a technology solution that connects food businesses directly to local charities.
Working with over 600 Irish charities, an average of 2,200 tonnes is rescued annually with an estimated value of €6.7m and leading to an avoidance of estimated 7m tonnes of Co2 emissions equivalent. FoodCloud’s technology is also used by Food Banks internationally and currently connects over 3,000 supermarkets with surplus food directly to charities across the UK, Australia and is being trialled in Poland and the Czech Republic.
30% of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted across the global food system. If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, after the US and China. In Ireland, we waste one million tonnes of food annually and one in eight people do not have enough to eat.