FoodCloud: Invitation to Tender
FoodCloud (CRN 20101398 ) is an NGO with a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste. Working with over 600 community and volunteer organisations across Ireland, FoodCloud tackles the twin issues of food waste and food poverty. In 2020, FoodCloud redistributed 3,022 tonnes of food in Ireland which is the equivalent of 7.2 million meals. In Ireland, we waste one million tonnes of food annually, and at the same time, 1 in 13 people were reported to be experiencing food poverty before the pandemic hit.
FoodCloud uses innovative technology to connect supermarkets directly to their local community. FoodCloud also has Regional Hubs which connect food businesses with large volumes of surplus food to community groups and charities across the Republic of Ireland.
Our Hubs are located in Dublin (FoodCloud HQ), Galway and Cork.
Our mission is to transform surplus food into opportunities to make the world a kinder place
We do this by:
- Redistributing surplus food, thereby reducing food waste
- Creating opportunities for social inclusion through this redistributed food
- Inspiring communities to take local action for global change
Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, there has been an acute rise in the demand for food from FoodCloud. Although Food Poverty is not new in Ireland, the impact of the pandemic restrictions revealed the problem more than ever before. The pandemic created an unprecedented crisis that left some people wondering how they were going to afford their next meal. Our communities responded quickly. A diverse sector of community groups and charities across the country organised new food distribution programmes and adapted their already important food services helping to build and maintain some resilience in our communities throughout this time.
This period has shone a light on the importance of the great work community groups and charities do to provide equitable and affordable access to food to those who need it.
Following our experience during the pandemic and the dramatic increase in demand for FoodCloud’s services, we are now commissioning this research to understand why we experienced this demand for food and to start to understand the issues around food poverty and access to good food.
FoodCloud will commission this research to understand the experience of people accessing food through community groups and charities during the pandemic. The research will be undertaken with community groups, charities, and their service users who have experienced an increase in a need for food during this period.
Please see tender document attached below.
Queries or clarifications
For more information on the tender please email Eimear, with the subject title: ‘Question on Tender’. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions by close of business July 16th, 2021 to email@example.com