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.

The organisation has grown rapidly since its inception and has redistributed over 50 million meals across Ireland and the UK.

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 and we are looking to achieving serious impact. We want to double the impact of FoodCloud and ensure that they are a sustainable social enterprise by the end of 2020. FoodCloud’s 2020 ambitions include a 100% increase in food rescued, a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions and a five-fold increase in people reached (130,000).

But their ambitions don’t stop there. Through their activities they are now looking to reduce Ireland’s food surplus by 25% by 2030. They are surely on track to realise a vision for an Ireland and a world where no good food goes to waste. 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.