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SOS NI & ISL Waste Tackling Hunger & Food Waste


A partnership that started just 18 months ago, between local charity SOS NI and ISL Waste Management, has seen around £450,000 of food marked for destruction, diverted to helping those most in need through the charity’s Food Programme.

A truly excellent example of a circular economy, ISL is working with its food distribution clients in a way that not only reduces their waste food destruction costs, but helps SOS NI feed around 1,500 – 2,000 people per week.


Joe Hyland of SOS NI cannot speak highly enough of the team at ISL.

“When we contacted ISL to set things up, we were looking for a professional organisation that could increase our network of contacts in the food distribution sector to allow us to ramp up our Food Programme,” says Joe.

“Not only has ISL delivered brilliantly on that, putting us in touch with some of the largest companies in this sector, but we also have an agreement with them that whatever food waste does eventually need to be destroyed, they will collect and dispose of it.”

Donating Food Waste To NI Charities, Food Banks & More

Joe Hyland SOS NIWorking with 56 different organisations, the SOS NI Food Programme ensures that all donated food is delivered to the right place and distributed to the right people.

“We engage with charities, community groups, churches, food banks, hostels and shelters who have the on the ground knowledge to make sure that the system cannot be abused and only those most in need benefit from the service,” Joe explains.

Danny Paton, Customer Accounts Manager with ISL says:

“Our unique relationship with the SOS NI Food Programme is extremely fulfilling and one that is developing all the time. As an organisation, we are constantly looking for innovative solutions to save our clients’ money while also delivering tangible benefits to the wider community both environmentally and economically.

“When Joe approached us for help, we grabbed the opportunity with both hands, knowing the excellent reputation enjoyed by him and SOS NI and the potential of utilising our blue-chip client base with such an organisation to help meet the increasing needs of those most deprived in our society.”

Contact ISL if you would like more information on this scheme, or if you’d like to donate your food waste to those in need.