Applegreen drives FoodCloud Hubs to recover over one million meals

Rosemary Begley Corporate Social Responsibility Manager and Adrian Giffney, Head of the Applegreen Charitable Fund at Applegreen with Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Hub’s CEO pictured at the launch of Applegreen’s partnership with FoodCloud Hubs.

We are delighted to welcome Applegreen as a partner. We are very grateful for their donation of €60,000, provided from the Applegreen Charitable fund allowing FoodCloud Hubs to purchase
outright three refrigerated vans.

In joining the drive against food waste, 562 tonnes of food has been rescued from the Irish food industry up and down the country using the Applegreen vans. That equates to over one million meals that have not gone to landfill and have gone to people in need instead.

FoodCloud’s Cork Hub, based in Little Island, is wholly dependent on volunteers to drive the Applegreen vans and deliver the food to those in need.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Adrian Giffney, Head of the Charitable Fund, Applegreen said

“Applegreen is proud to be driving the fight against food waste and supporting those in need in communities all over the country. The vans that FoodCloud have been able to purchase with the Applegreen funding are a vital part of the service that FoodCloud delivers for people in need and we are proud to support that.”

Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud Hub’s CEO said

“Applegreen’s partnership ensures that surplus food supplied to FoodCloud’s Hubs will
get to charities and communities who really need it. Applegreen’s funding of our three
delivery vans ensures food arrives fresh and safely, saving the charitable causes money
that they can use to fund other projects and help more people”

Our Lady’s Nursery, Ballymun is one of the charity partners who use the FoodCloud Hubs service. Bernie Kelly, Manager says:

“We cater for 112 children in the Ballymun area. The impact the additional food make to
our service is that we can include food for the children they have never tasted before, we
make up hampers for our parents to take home and any vegetables that are nearly past
their sell by date we give them to the children to play with in the home areas of the play
rooms. The children love cutting the onions and potatoes and carrots.”

Applegreen customers and staff all over Ireland have raised over €2 million for charity since the  foundation of the company’s charitable fund in 2009, making a crucial contribution to vital  children and adult charity services nationwide. FoodCloud are the latest partner to join the Applegreen Charitable Fund, they join Focus Ireland, The Irish Youth Foundation and Debra Ireland.

The Charitable Fund consists of employees from all areas of the business, from service stations to head office staff. The Charitable Fund was set up in December 2009 to ‘give back’ to the communities in which Applegreen operates throughout Ireland and is very much embedded into the Applegreen culture and staff engagement is a huge part of the Applegreen ethos.

Throughout the year head office staff and stores organise events to raise awareness of these charities through volunteering and fundraising including static cycles, fun runs, skydives and marathons.

Applegreen is the number one Motorway Service Area operator in the Republic of Ireland. The business operates 342 forecourt sites and employs c 4,900 people.

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