Ambassador: Iseult Ward , Ireland
Iseult Ward co-founded FoodCloud, a platform that decreases food waste in Ireland by creating a network of businesses and charities to redistribute food fit for human consumption that would otherwise go to waste. By using the FoodCloud App – or website – a business can upload details of their surplus food and the time period for collection. A text message is sent automatically to charities in the community and the first charity to accept the offer collects it directly from the business. FoodCloud has a network of 150 businesses which donate food, including a partnership with 146 Tesco stores across Ireland. FoodCloud has created a network of charities which provide support to many individuals within the community, including children and youths at risk of food poverty, single parents, the elderly, those who are homeless, those who are going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation, those who are unemployed, women who are escaping domestic violence, and families with low incomes. To date 90,000 people have been directly impacted through FoodCloud’s network of 330 charities, which have received 667 tonnes of food and provided 1,468,000 meals. The reduction in food waste saved 2,136,000 tonnes of CO2. These charities and grassroots organisations benefit from significant cost savings, though these have not been used in the final calculation.