FoodCloud’s role is to procure, store and distribute FEAD products to eligible charities, which supports individuals to take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.

The Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD) is an EU-wide programme to help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion.

FoodCloud is the partner organisation for the nationwide availability of food element of the FEAD Programme in Ireland.
Following initial consultation with the charitable sector, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) compiled the product list for FEAD.
FoodCloud is responsible for the procurement, storage and charity collection of FEAD product for this programme.
We have three regional hubs in Dublin, Cork and Galway and food is made available for collection through these hubs in consultation with each charity. Following initial consultation with the charitable sector, the DSP compiled the product list for FEAD.
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 FEAD 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.

If you are interested in accessing or receiving other information on the FEAD programme, please email the DSP at [email protected]

More information is also available on the FEAD Ireland website.

If you have any queries relating to the FEAD Programme, you can email [email protected] or call 01 462 5362.


Process for Charities to Join the FEAD Programme


Charity applies to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) by emailing [email protected]

DSP reviews application and raises any queries with the charity

After the charity responds to any queries, the DSP confirms whether the charity is eligible for the FEAD Programme

If the charity is eligible, it must then confirm that its details can be shared with FoodCloud and complete the online form confirming its numbers assisted

The DSP confirms the credit allocation for the charity to FoodCloud based on the number of individuals being assisted and the level of support provided

After the DSP confirms the credit allocation, FoodCloud issues product order form to charity

Charity orders product and states how regularly they would like to collect the product (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or a one-off collection)

FoodCloud will confirm a date for the charity to collect from one of the hubs in Cork, Dublin or Galway

Charity must retain records on who receives the FEAD product and report to the DSP on the age, gender, background and if the recipients fall into specific categories

Charity will collect regularly from FoodCloud and report to the DSP on a quarterly basis