Lidl stores in Ballyclare and Carrickfergus have extended their food donations to Christians Against Poverty through its Food Cloud partnership. Pictured here are Jacqui Robb, Centre Manager, Christians Against Poverty, Carrickfergus, Deborah Campbell, Deputy Manager from Lidl Ballyclare and Councillor Bobby Hadden of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Jacqui stated that “Bobby connected CAP with Lidl as soon as he heard about the Food cloud that was working with local charities. Bobby has promoted the work of CAP in the Carrickfergus area for many years, signposting various locals to Christians Against Poverty for free Debt help”.
In 2017, Lidl Northern Ireland partnered with Food Cloud, a social enterprise that connects retailers and suppliers to hundreds of local charities to redistribute surplus food. Surplus food refers to food that is perfectly good to eat, but for one reason or another, cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. The redistribution of surplus food allows charities to relocate funding, that would otherwise have been spent on food, towards their core service and support their underlying mission.
Working with Food Cloud enables Lidl Northern Ireland to connect with hundreds of charities across Northern Ireland and support them in a meaningful way. Deirdre Ryan, Head of CSR for Lidl Northern Ireland commented; “Through our partnership with Food Cloud, our objective is to reduce food waste and positively contribute to the communities in which we operate. The feedback we have received to date has been fantastic and our store teams are extremely engaged with the project. Lidl donates over 15,000 meals every month to over 60 charities across Northern Ireland ".
Bobby commented ‘as the old saying goes, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” That’s why it’s been a privilege for me to be able to use my existing relationships with both Lidl and CAP and to introduce them to each other for the greater good of the community.’
‘The collaboration of these two fantastic organisations will undoubtedly make an incredibly positive impact on the families around us fighting poverty and I’m delighted to be a supporter of such a worthwhile project’.