Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

What is the FEAD Programme?

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.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) is the managing authority of FEAD in Ireland, and is responsible for its implementation.

FEAD Ireland is funded by some €22m of European funding and €4m of Irish exchequer funding totalling some €26.7m for the period 2014-2020. 75% of available resources are applied to the provision of food, and 25% to the provision of basic material assistance.

The focus of the FEAD national food operation is on those on the margins of society in need of essential food support. FEAD ensures a reliable supply of food to the charitable sector over the life of the programme.

What role does FoodCloud play in the FEAD Programme?

FoodCloud is the partner organisation for the nationwide availability of food element of the FEAD Programme in Ireland. FoodCloud is responsible for the procurement, storage and charity collection of FEAD product for this programme.

FoodCloud has three regional Hubs: One 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, DEASP 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 DEASP 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 FEAD product?

If you are interested in accessing or receiving other information on the FEAD programme, please email the DEASP at [email protected]
More information is also available at

Who can I contact at FoodCloud about the FEAD Programme?

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