Welcome to FoodCloud's annual report where we will share and celebrate the success that this young organisation has had in 2015. FoodCloud is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects food businesses that have too much food with charities that have too little through a cloud-based platform and mobile application.
FoodCloud launched in October 2013 in Dublin City Centre, with one Tesco store, a few small food businesses and six partner charities and has since grown to have over 160 donors and 350 partner charities across Ireland and the UK.
In the last 12 months, we have facilitated the redistribution of over 1 million meals to our charity partners. In our Chairman's report, Eoin McCuirc, will share our key milestones and achievements this year.
FoodCloud could not have achieved this year's success without all of the support we have received and we would like to thank all of our volunteers, businesses and charities for their dedicated and continued support.
As the Chairman's report reflects on the achievements and accolades that FoodCloud has received this year, our CEO, Iseult Ward, looks to the future and the opportunities that FoodCloud has to improve and expand this year.
The problem of food waste globally has had a lot more recognition this year, from the introduction of new legislation in France to the UN stating that reducing food waste by 25% could feed all the people who are malnourished globally.
As FoodCloud expands in the UK, we have a great opportunity to develop the model at scale and work to achieve a true global impact.
Setting up FoodCloud has given me the opportunity to work with businesses and charities across the country who in turn are working together to solve a huge global problem - that is wasting perfectly delicious food! I am very excited about the future FoodCloud, especially with regards to using technology to scale our impact. The FoodCloud team are full of energy and enthusiasm and it is inspiring to work within an environment like that. I am inspired by seeing good food that otherwise would have been wasted go to a good home.Aoibheann O'Brien
It is very enjoyable to be part of a team that is passionate about what it does and acts with common purpose. We are doing something that is positive in many ways: helping retailers be good corporate citizens, helping people in need and helping reduce our impact on the environment. As part of my job, I am building the new apps to support and simplify the day-to-day operations at FoodCloud, making it easier to replicate our model in other regions and making the process more efficient. This means that more food will go to where it is most needed.Roy Phillips
I am delighted to be part of the wonderful FoodCloud team. It is a pleasure to work with an inspiring group of people. I love working in a job where I can make a difference. FoodCloud manages to solve two problems at once tackling food waste and food poverty within communities. It is innovative, brave and collaborative. My job is in marketing and communications so we can encourage as many people as possible to take on food waste and create positive social change at a local level.Niamh Kirwan
It's exciting to be part of an organization working to solve a critical environmental and social issue like food waste. I really enjoy the positive energy at FoodCloud that stems from the values of collaboration and cooperation. It's been a wonderful learning experience so far helping to grow FoodCloud's business internationally with partners like FareShare. There is so much work to be done and even in this young organization, there is a lot of knowledge and experience that I can learn from.Maureen O'Donnell
I feel very fortunate to be part of the FoodCloud team and such an innovative idea. It is very rewarding for my working life to be centered on tackling a problem as significant and compelling as food surplus. Each day I am inspired by the devoted FoodCloud team and other people willing to help FoodCloud. It is amazing to work with a large number of committed and generous volunteers who take the time to make a real difference in reducing waste and getting food to people who need it.Fiona Kelly
When I tell people about FoodCloud and the work we do, they are in total awe. What has been achieved by FoodCloud in such a short space of time is absolutely incredible and I am so proud to be part of a passionate team! My job is to engage with business and charities to find the best possible matches for surplus food and it is so rewarding to see businesses and charities come together and make genuine connections to solve issues at local level.Carla McSorley
Its very exciting to be part of the FoodCloud team - we're a very small company with lots of energy and ambition! Everyday we try to improve what we're doing, we want to rescue more surplus food and help feed more hungry people. The people I work with are fantastic - the team, the charities, our business partners and volunteers. Everybody is united around our vision "that no good food should go to waste while people are hungry", for me this is not only inspiring and motivating but makes my work very rewarding.Emma walsh
"To my mind, Foodcloud celebrates and facilitates community values. It is not only a service which minimises food waste. It is also working to change peoples mindsets about food and waste. Here food is not simply treated as a means to prevent hunger. FoodCloud uses food as a tool that generates community values and cooperation by creating relationships between and within communities around Ireland and the UK. It is fantastic to work here. Here I get to be a part of something greater than a business or a charity.Eimear Delahunty
"I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the FoodCloud team. No day in the office is ever the same, and it is really great to be surrounded by such motivated, enthusiastic and inspiring people. Getting to work with charities, and receiving feedback about the difference your effort has made to them is a wonderful feeling. It makes you want to work even harder the next day to do even more good, and make a bigger impact!"Aisling Kirwin
I personally love the FoodCloud's noble idea of taking this initiative of reducing food waste in Ireland & UK, and donating surplus food to those charities & people who are starving. I am quite impressed with my supervisor,i.e Mr Roy,he is knowledgeable, supportive and helpful. We have amazing team of enthusiastic people who are full of creativity and innovative ideas. There is so much to learn from everyone. Its is nice working in friendly environment where everyone does their job with true dedication and responsibilities.Jyoti Tyagi