The Coca-Cola Company, its bottling partner Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland and The Coca-Cola Foundation are supporting FoodCloud to provide the equivalent of 100,000 meals to communities across the island of Ireland. This is a part of the global Coca-Cola system’s commitment to donate $120million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts around the world.
As FoodCloud maintains services with existing charity networks through surplus donations, they have also stepped up their operations to supply an increasing number of organisations distributing ambient stock in the form of food parcels, under the Irish Government led Community Call initiative. The financial support from The Coca-Cola Foundation will help FoodCloud distribute ambient foods and drinks via its network of over 500 charities and community groups across Ireland.
In addition to the donation through The Coca-Cola Foundation., Coca Cola HBC have donated 13.7 tonnes of stock to FoodCloud and have committed to double their monthly donations of beverages to FoodCloud to meet the demands they’re currently responding too.
FoodCloud CEO Iseult Ward said:
At normal capacity, FoodCloud supports the delivery of over 160,000 meals equivalent weekly to +500 Charities and Community Groups across Ireland. Over the past two weeks alone, we have seen a dramatic increase in the need for ambient stock from both our existing community partners and also from a growing number of new partners, looking to support communities through local food hubs. This very timely donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation will help FoodCloud get more good food out to the most vulnerable people in our communities, during this crisis and beyond.
Petre Sandru, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland, said:
These are unprecedented times and as a business we’re delighted to be able to support the vital service that FoodCloud is providing in communities right across the island of Ireland. Together with Coca-Cola HBC, we hope that our commitment of drinks and financial support from The Coca-Cola Foundation will help the amazing team at FoodCloud continue their tireless work to support so many people in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.