FoodCloud’s Elaine Doyle attended our October 22 launch in Northern Ireland, as part of the Belfast Food Festival.
FoodCloud Northern Ireland is run through Business in the Community Northern Ireland. After running a successful pilot with Hendersons retail and seven charities in East Belfast, this has led to a partnership with the South Belfast FoodBank and the expansion of FoodCloud Northern Ireland. To date they have donated 600 meals to those in need in the Belfast area.
Here is Elaine’s report on the event:
“The launch event was held in the City Church by Queen’s University, a non-denominational church that also houses a cafe Common Purpose. Common Purpose is a cafe with a heart; it sends all its profits to organisations that assist those in the Global South and works with local asylum seekers as volunteers. The morning consisted of four presentations, one by Ian from Wrap, Bruce from the South Belfast FoodBank, Elaine from FoodCloud Ireland and Carla from BITCNI who are running FoodCloud Northern Ireland.
To break from a morning of talking we moved to an afternoon of funky fun, a Disco Soup event. Disco Soup is the making of soup using wonky vegetables. All the vegetables had been donated by local farmers, perfectly edible vegetables that didn’t pass the beauty contest to make it to our supermarkets. Bankers from Lloyds and students from Barnardos were given knives, peelers and chopping boards and with Bruce on the decks we all washed, peeled, chopped and made a great wonky soup. The soup was handed out people on University Road.
It was a great launch and we are looking forward to seeing the progress that FoodCloud Northern Ireland make in the future. On that wet Wednesday we found a great appetite (pun intended) for reducing food waste by using surplus food to help feed those in need and we had a little dance as well.”