FoodCloud is one of Ireland’s best-known social enterprises. Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward started FoodCloud in 2013 by creating a technology solution that connects food businesses directly to local charities in order to donate surplus food.

In October 2018, together with AIB, we undertook a €2.5 million investment in FoodCloud over three years. This is our biggest investment in a single enterprise to date. We wanted to double the impact of FoodCloud and ensure that they were a sustainable social enterprise by the end of 2020. 

By Christmas Eve 2020, FoodCloud had redistributed the equivalent of 100 million meals to community and charity groups in Ireland and Britain. It had worked flat-out during the pandemic as its three Irish hubs in Cork, Dublin and Galway, distributed 75 per cent more food in 2020 than they had in 2019. Over 650 charities benefited, and tens of thousands of people were fed during a time of national crisis.

This €2.5 million investment over three years in FoodCloud is in partnership with AIB and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Find out more about our investment in FoodCloud by reading our report “Reimagining Food Waste