Applegreen partnership with FoodCloud Hubs to recover over 1 million meals

By Business & Finance
09 October 2018
Rosemary Begley Corporate Social Responsibility Manager and Adrian Giffney, Head of the Applegreen Charitable Fund at Applegreen with Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Hub’s CEO pictured at the launch of Applegreen’s partnership with FoodCloud Hubs. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

A donation of €60,000 has been provided from the Applegreen Charitable Fund allowing FoodCloud Hubs to purchase outright three refrigerated vans

FoodCloud and FoodCloud Hubs are not-for-profit social enterprises who work with business who have too much food and redistribute it to local charities who need it.  Over 37 million meals have been redistributed across Ireland and the UK since its inception in 2013.

In joining the drive against food waste, 562 tonnes of food has been rescued from the Irish food industry up and down the country using the Applegreen vans. That equates to over 1 million meals that have not gone to landfill and have gone to people in need instead.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, 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 €2 million for charity since the foundation of the company’s charitable fund in 2009, making a crucial contribution to vital children and adult charity services nationwide.  FoodCloud are the latest partner to join the Applegreen Charitable Fund, they join Focus Ireland, The Irish Youth Foundation and Debra Ireland.