Emma Walsh joined FoodCloud in 2015 as our COO and has supercharged our success in the UK and Ireland. Below Emma writes about her experience on our Food Rescue Project and “Couples Volunteering”.
My husband and I agree that a key ingredient for a great date night is delicious food. Last night we did some “couples volunteering” on the Food Rescue Project.
The project has 3 vans that rescue food from supermarkets in Cork and Dublin and deliver it to 20 local charities. The project is powered by over 200 volunteers who collect the food, our vans are generously sponsored by Opel and the food is collected from Tesco and Aldi stores. The project redistributes about 1 tonne of food every week this is increasing as we expand.
We recently set up a new Hub in Tallaght and this is our first week of night time donations from our Tallaght base. We also run a van from the city centre. John and I left Tallaght at 8:15pm, by 9:30 we had picked up almost 100kg of food from 3 Tesco stores in south Dublin and dropped it to a local charity in Tallaght.
There’s something oddly exciting in waiting for the contents of the donation to be revealed. I really enjoy seeing what’s being rescued from the bin and thinking about what you could do with the food. Its like the part of the antiques roadshow where the unloved object someone found in the back of a wardrobe is shown to be enormously valuable!
Tonight’s haul included all the makings of a proper Sunday roast beef dinner, a Troll birthday cake, bread and meat for sandwiches and a whole crate of ready meals including a lovely looking paella.
We brought the food, which will probably equate to 200 meals, to a local women’s refuge. Our fears that we might have too much food were allayed on arrival. We were told that the home has 6 families and a total of 17 children, all coming from backgrounds of domestic violence and don’t have any money. Women arrive to the refuge from all over Ireland, sometimes in the middle of the night. When they arrive they are accompanied only by their hungry children, having left everything behind. Sometimes it takes weeks to even get access to their bank accounts again. The ladies who run the service, told us how reassuring it was to know there was food in the freezer they could share with these families.
We’re always looking for volunteers, so anyone interested in a date night with a difference, that’s still all about delicious food sign up to volunteer.