FoodCloud are the national delivery partner for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) programme nationwide.
FoodCloud’s role is to procure, store and arrange the collection of ESF+ Food Support products by eligible charities. ESF+ Food Support helps individuals to take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ESF+ Food Support programme?
ESF+ Food and Basic Material Support is designed to support Member States in addressing the basic needs of the most deprived people in our community. It is funded by European Social Fund (ESF+) under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training Programme. In Ireland, the specific objective of addressing material deprivation through food and basic material assistance is managed by the Department of Social Protection. This support is for people without access to income or living in very poor circumstances. The support will work with not-for-profit organisations to provide food and basic material assistance. FoodCloud previously worked as the partner organisation for the Department of Social Protection in the FEAD Programme (Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived, the predecessor to the ESF+ Food Support programme).
Who ESF+ Food and Basic Material Support will be targeted at
ESF+ Food and Basic Material Support will help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion by addressing some of their most basic needs. The focus of the fund will be on those on the margins of society and in need of essential supports. Effectively, the support will target:
homeless persons including long-term rough sleepers
children in low income/work intensity households
victims of domestic violence in refuges and shelters
persons suffering or recovering from addictions
certain members of the Roma and Traveller communities
vulnerable persons transitioning to independent living from emergency accommodation, institutionalised care settings or places of detention
any person without income, accommodation or means not otherwise defined above
What role does FoodCloud play in the ESF+ Food Support programme?
FoodCloud is the Department of Social Protection partner organisation for the nationwide availability of ESF+ Food Support in Ireland. Following initial consultation with the charitable sector, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) compiled the product list for the programme. FoodCloud is responsible for the procurement, storage and arranging charity collection of ESF+ Food Support products for this programme. The food items consist of basic, non-perishable foods which are easy to transport and store. The product list includes rice, pasta and pasta sauce, soups (dried and canned), canned fish, jam, tea, coffee, sugar, canned vegetables and breakfast cereals. Charities who join the ESF+ Food Support programme will be given an allocation by the DSP based on, among other things, the number of individuals they support with food assistance. Charities then use this allocation to order the food they require from FoodCloud.
How can a charity access the ESF+ Food Support programme?
If you are interested in accessing or receiving other information on the programme, please email the DSP at firstname.lastname@example.org