Applegreen has announced a partnership with FoodCloud Hubs which will see a €60,000 donation provided from the Applegreen Charitable Fund, allowing FoodCloud Hubs to purchase outright three refrigerated vans.
To date, 562 tonnes of food from the hospitality sector has been diverted from landfill using Applegreen vans. That equates to over 1m meals.
FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs are not-for-profit organisations, who work with business with excess food and redistribute it to local charities who need it. Over 37m meals have been redistributed across Ireland and the UK since 2013.
Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Hub’s CEO, said: “Applegreen's partnership ensures that surplus food supplied to FoodCloud’s Hubs will get to charities and communities who really need it. Applegreen’s funding of our three delivery vans ensures food arrives fresh and safely, saving the charitable causes money that they can use to fund other projects and help more people.”
Adrian Giffney, Head of the Charitable Fund, Applegreen, said: “Applegreen is proud to be driving the fight against food waste and supporting those in need in communities all over the country. The vans that FoodCloud have been able to purchase with the Applegreen funding are a vital part of the service that FoodCloud delivers for people in need and we are proud to support that.”
Applegreen customers and staff all over Ireland have raised over €2m for charity since the foundation of the company’s charitable fund in 2009. FoodCloud are the latest partner to join the Applegreen Charitable Fund, joining Focus Ireland, The Irish Youth Foundation and Debra Ireland.
Our Lady's Nursery, Ballymun, is one of the charity partners who use the FoodCloud Hubs service. “We cater for 112 children in the Ballymun area. The impact the additional food makes to our service is that we can include food for the children they have never tasted before, we make up hampers for our parents to take home and any vegetables that are nearly past their sell by date we give them to the children to play with in the home areas of the play rooms. The children love cutting the onions and potatoes and carrots," said Bernie Kelly, Manager.