ESB and FoodCloud have teamed up to launch the new Food Rescue Project, which will use an ESB electric car to recover/collect surplus good food and deliver it to local charities in the Dublin city area.
FoodCloud is a not-for-profit organisation that matches food, which would otherwise go to waste, with local charities across Ireland. Over the course of a year, it is estimated that the Food Rescue Project could divert up to 30 tonnes of food from waste and deliver the equivalent of 72,000 meals to local charities.
Announcing the project, Dermot McArdle, Head of ecars, ESB, said: "It makes perfect sense for us at ESB to support Foodcloud on the Food Rescue Project, an organisation which shares our values of sustainability, waste reduction, efficiency and innovation."
Iseult Ward, Co-Founder of FoodCloud, added: "We are delighted to partner with ESB on the Food Rescue Project, which will allow us to deliver food to local charities more effectively and more quickly.
"Receiving donated surplus food lets charities concentrate on their core work, by redirecting resources towards addressing social problems and supporting those who are disadvantaged or at risk."
FoodCloud also announced that it is seeking volunteer drivers for the Food Rescue Project to collect surplus food from food businesses in Dublin and deliver it directly to charities that operate during the evening time.
Encouraging volunteers to apply, Aoibheann O'Brien, Co-Founder Foodcloud, said: "Volunteering with Foodcloud will provide Dubliners the opportunity to help reduce food waste and food poverty across the city and to make a real and tangible difference to charities working within local communities."
Volunteers can apply by contacting: [email protected]