FoodCloud Hubs are contracted under the Community Services Programme (CSP) to support the development of a network of food redistribution centres around the country. These redistribution centres operate as a tool to both minimize food waste and alleviate hunger and poverty.
Funding is provided under CSP to support the employment of four managers and 12 full time equivalent staff across its facilities.
The social enterprise collects/receives and stores surplus food in a safe, fast and efficient way through its national infrastructure which includes:
- Three redistribution Hubs – Cork, Galway & Dublin.
- 30,000 sq. ft. of storage capacity nationwide.
- Full management of the cold chain.
- Full traceability of every product.
On the supply side it works with its charity partners nationwide to provide access to a wide variety of surplus product resulting in:
- Considerable savings on food costs.
- Increased variety and quality of food available.
- Ability to redirect funding to other parts of their core services.
Since it came into existence, FoodCloud Hubs has in excess of 100 donating businesses including Lidl, Tesco, Aldi, Glenisk and many more, as well as 134 Charities nationwide accessing this surplus food.
The food from FoodCloud Hubs has enhanced the quality of the service we can offer the clients. With tight budgets the extra food has allowed us to make a more inviting atmosphere for the clients during the day and a homely feeling for the clients in the residential unit at night. Where snacks are available while watching a movie or football to relax in a safe place. This gives the clients the nearest possible environment to a home that we could possibly provide for them. The variation of food available also allows clients that have illnesses and would struggle to eat a full dinner the chance to get some nutritious snacks and rebuild their health.
Since the Cork Hub opened in July 2014, followed by Dublin (Dec 2015) and Galway (Jan 2016), FoodCloud Hubs has delivered the following social and environmental impact:
- 900 Tonnes of food redistributed.
- 2,000,000 meals provided for people in need.
- 3,000,000 tonnes of C02 emissions saved.
As well as delivering under the Community Services Programme, the service is a designated partner organisation with responsibility for delivering The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. FEAD was established to support people to take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.
- Appraise applications, ensuring criteria of programme are met.
- Make recommendations on funding to Department of Rural and Community Development.
- Help social enterprises develop their business plans.
- Administer payroll for salary contribution to CSP funded staff.