Nestlé Ireland has announced that it will invest €110,000 in FoodCloud, on behalf of its 850 employees in Ireland.

The company said it will work with FoodCloud, the Irish social enterprise with over 700 charities and community partners to redistribute surplus food to families in need.

FoodCloud has seen an exponential rise in the demand for its services following the Covid-19 lockdown and the demand is expected to grow.

Nestlé said the funding will be used to improve access to food that specifically meets the nutritional needs of families and children, which FoodCloud's current supply cannot always meet.

Andrew Shaw, Country Manager of Nestlé Ireland said access to food is an urgent problem, which has been made worse by the global pandemic.

"FoodCloud has reported that 68% of their charity partners believe that demand will increase as the Covid-19 payments are reduced. On behalf of our employees in Ireland, we will be helping low-income families access the balance of food they need over the coming weeks," he said.

According to Iseult Ward, Co-Founder and CEO of FoodCloud, the social enterprise has redistributed record volumes of food to charities all over Ireland.

"Whilst this represents a huge achievement for our own teams, it also demonstrates the reality of the growing demand for food in communities, which we are increasingly unable to meet with our current surplus supply. Our network of community partners have indicated that demand for their services is expected to grow, citing the planned scale-back of pandemic financial as a key concern," she said.

The announcement with FoodCloud is part of Nestlé UK and Ireland's ambition to 8,000 families who might otherwise go hungry during the school summer holidays, as the company announces a €1.1 million investment to work with social enterprises Community Shop and FoodCloud.