Dunmanway tackles food waste

Posted on: 15th May, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Dunmanway Family Resource Centre is one of the first organisations in West Cork to sign up with Food Cloud, in connection with Aldi in Dunmanway, making a limited amount of fresh food available to those who want or need it.

Foodcloud is an innovative initiative established in 2012 that connects businesses with too much food with charities that can use it. On a global scale, it is estimated that almost one billion people don’t have enough to eat; yet approximately 30 per cent of food produced for human consumption is wasted across the food supply chain.

After much discussion, Family Support Worker Aileen Corkery and her colleagues at Dunmanway Resource Centre decided that the most practical way to support families in the locality was to make food that would otherwise be disposed of, available for consumption.

“This is available to everyone and is a food waste initiative, not a food poverty initiative. Naturally I expect that people who will need it most will probably sign up first. However it is available to everyone whether they need it or want it,” emphases Aileen.

Using the FoodCloud app, participating businesses can upload details of their surplus food and the time period in which the food can be collected. This automatically sends a text message to a charity in their local community who goes and collects the food. FoodCloud Hubs rescue large volumes of surplus food and redistributes to charities via three redistribution hubs in Cork, Galway and Dublin.

To sign up to collect free food contact 023 8868110 or 087 2078016.

If you are a charity that is interested in receiving food through FoodCloud, please ring the Support Team on 083 190 25 85. If you are a business and want to sign up to FoodCloud, please email Helen at he

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