By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU
FoodCloud offers a solution for businesses with surplus food by connecting them with charities that need it. As well as providing a technical solution used by over 5,900 charities in Ireland and the UK, they also take large volumes of surplus food from farms, manufacturers and distributors through storage hubs in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
Ricoh Ireland has donated and implemented a managed print and document solution to FoodCloud across their three offices. The social entreprise will be able to assist local charities by facilitating communication. A suite of office furniture has also been donated by Ricoh.
“We are truly grateful to Ricoh Ireland for their donation of three advanced multifunctional printers and their managed print service, as well as the suite of office furniture. Printers are an invaluable cog in our operation as they allow us to seamlessly produce documentation which is essential for delivering food quickly and cost-effectively to our charity partners. This advanced print technology will enable us to carry out this much-needed service even more effectively than before, while the ongoing managed print service from Ricoh ensures great business continuity and peace of mind” said Aoibheann O’Brien, General Manager of FoodCloud.
The organisation is growing rapidly and has now redistributed more than 20 million meals from almost 2,000 businesses across Ireland and the UK since it was established in 2013.
FoodCloud has created an app where supermarkets such as Tesco, Lidl and Aldi can upload information on how much food is left so that charities come and collect the excess at their stores.
“This partnership with the FoodCloud is a perfect fit with our strategy of working with organisations involved in environmental conservation and community investment. We particularly like to focus on re-use initiatives which means there’s zero waste to landfill and products are actually used for their original purposes. We have been hugely impressed by FoodCloud’s unique ability to help businesses redistribute surplus food to people who really need it. Ricoh Ireland is focused on helping people to communicate and collaborate better, and we’re delighted to play our part as FoodCloud continues to grow and make such a positive and worthwhile contribution to local communities” said Robert Vilijoen, Business Development Manager of Ricoh Ireland.
Such an organisation is essential when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 1 million tonnes of food is going to waste in Ireland every year.