Not-for-profit FoodCloud honoured for its innovation

Not-for-profit FoodCloud honoured for its innovation

By Maurice Garvey 

TALLAGHT-based social enterprise FoodCloud was honoured with a special accolade at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Citywest on October 26.

Each year EY presents a special award to an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution through their entrepreneurial vision, innovation and commitment to excellence.

FoodCloud

The not-for-profit group rescue large volumes of surplus food from businesses and redistribute to charities, via a FoodCloud platform – last month alone 1.5 million meals were donated to FoodCloud.

FoodCloud’s founders Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward were honoured at the awards for the huge achievement of the initiative.

 The organisation grew last year from having 200 donating stores to more than 1,200 across the UK and Ireland – entering the UK market in 2016 through a deal with Tesco.

Earlier this year, they further expanded the UK market with a partnership with Waitrose.

Overall, 3,300 community groups and charities have benefited from donations via the FoodCloud platform.

Clondalkin company the Irish Fairy Door Company were nominated for an award on the night.