A new Smartphone Application/Social enterpsie has been set up with the aims of reducing food waste on a worldwide scale.
FoodCloud is a new app, and award-winning social enterprise, which provides retailers with an outlet to donate any fresh food, normally thrown out and unsellable, to charities! With an estimated 1,300,000,000 tonnes of food wasted every year and farmlands the size of Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan combined used to grow the food, waste represents a huge problem, especially with one in seven of the world’s population suffering from poverty.
This is compared to one in eight Irish people who experience poverty and the one million tonnes of food discarded by Irish consumers and businesses each and every year!
How the system works -
It all works through the FoodCloud application, which allows for retailers to get donate perfectly good food not fit for sale to charity!
The retailers put a notice on the app detailing what foods are available for collection, with local charities (which are linked to the store) notified of what foods are available. The charity can then respond to accept the food and go collect it!
It is a win-win for both retailers and charities, with charities granted a fresh and free supply to foods, while retailers can reduce their food waste and help out their locality in the process. This affords charity's the opportunity to spare much-needed funds for other resources they might not have been able to previously afford!
The FoodCloud team also offer a transportation service of goods in the shape of FoodCloud Hubs. In this initiative, FoodCloud hub works with food businesses throughout the country (such as farms, processors, retailers and manufacturers), helping them distribute any surplus foods.
Some businesses deliver directly to the company’s hubs, which are located in Galway, Dublin and Cork, while the company themselves also collect foods directly from some of the businesses in their refrigerated vans, before stringently testing all food to ensure it meets standards before delivering them to some of their charity partners.
The charities pay a “nominal” contribution to FoodCloud Hubs towards the transportation and storage of the food. Could this be the solution to all food waste problems?
Would you like further information on the initiative? If so, visit here. Check out the video of FoodCloud founders explaining their social enterprise below!