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This page aims to collect information on already existing foodsharing and -saving projects around the world. The data presented here was collected by ourselves and contributed by active people from the mentioned initiatives. The order is based on the alphabet.

Other pages:

DENMARK - Foodsharing Copenhagen

Info collected by Tilmann

Started by volunteers of Floating City, yunity and others in May 2016.

Public facebook group with >2500 members, hidden (secret) facebook group for active volunteers (>50 members)

Website for information and to sign up as foodsaver

Stores: big market, bakery and supermarket (on hold)

 Statement from Karoline Hill on facebook

Overall the public "foodsharing Copenhagen" - Facebook group works very well. We have almost 2500 members and it's constantly growing! It's a huge success!
From what I know, the food distribution works fine as well as the pick up itself. Sometimes we have difficulties with finding a car/drivers, but the past months (since I joined in July) we were able to have an event every week, which is awesome!

But our main problems are communication and organisation. Sometimes important information isn't shared and bad things happen that could have been avoided easily if people would have shared their knowledge.
Our schedule sheet is in use and is one of our first step in solving our problems.
At the moment we are trying to develop a structure to maintain the great work that has been done previously, but also to deal with the increase of interest in it.
We have a weebly - sign up page, where people can sign up for being a volunteer. It works fine as well, but then it is a little bit difficult to have an overview of the people and get them involved into the project. That's why we now have the upcoming Volunteer Meet Up/Infomeeting, where we want to get know the people, that signed up and also start discussions on how we can continue.

So for now I can't really tell, who is really a part of Foodsharing Copenhagen, also because I don't know half of the people in this group, which is why I tried to call out a feedback from everyone in here...

Anyway, Foodsharing Copenhagen is progressing and that is what counts!!

I'd like to mention David Francois Google-ProjectYunity, Saimon Skurichin, Anna Thim, Lisa Marie Skuggen, Preili Eeva and Lu Isa, as they all took big part of all that what we achieved in the past months


We are still going to a big Market. We made an agreement with a small supermarket, but at the moment we made some changes so we couldn't really continue collaborating with them.

Update 2017-01-12: New Slack chat for team communication since November 2016. Food from the big market is mainly distributed at one indoor share point that they can use for free.

FRANCE - Nantes - DLC, Détournement Libre de Consommables

Info collected by Tais Real, Clément and Chloé visited Berlin in October 2016

Clément and Chloé started around January 2016 a facebook group based on's experience.

Community: 700 members on a public Facebook group (by 08/2016), without advertisement

Stores: 2 cooperating supermarkets, about 7 pickups a weeks with a lot of fruits and vegetables

Legal: registered as an association on the Loi 1901, costs 85€/year to insure active members. Haven't contacted the municipality directly. Active members sign a ''Charte'' manually.

Difficulties: getting more stores to cooperate. Have tried mostly supermarkets. A bit messy at first, as all volunteers were invited to go and ask stores without preparation. Will try from Sept. 2016 onwards to look for more stores with a more structured, professional approach. Law of Feb.2016 (supermarkets must try to give away their leftovers) : an association needs to be a charity and at least 2 years old to be eligible to receive the unsold food.

Tried to implement a different tool than Facebook but very few people transited to Slack and Trello.

How does it work? Members who want to become active pay a 5€ subscription to cover the costs of the association. About 25 active members. Each pick-up needs one active member and a car. They can choose to donate to a charity, put the food in a ''Boîte Utile'', 4 existing boxes in Nantes where people give and get all sorts of things for free (without a fridge, completely open in the streets), or redistribute. They often choose the later option and write on Facebook where they will redistribute, often at their home with fixed times.

They have a quiz but it is not compulsory. 2 trial pick-ups. 

Interested to try out a basic software if it's in French.

ISRAEL - Foodsharing Haifa

facebook fanpage

not in close contact yet

NETHERLANDS - Amsterdam - Taste before you waste

facebook fanpage 

not yet in contact

NETHERLANDS - Utrecht - Taste before you waste

facebook fanpage
facebook group volunteers

not yet in contact

NETHERLANDS - Foodsharing Rotterdam

Info provided by Simon Damstra and below-mentioned yuniteers

facebook group

NETHERLANDS - Foodsharing Wageningen en omgeving

Contributed by Sana Rajkovic


Community: between 10-15 core foodsaver

Cooperations: small shops, market stands, restaurants

Fairsharer: fridge at THUISwageningen

How does it work: use of facebook for team-organisation, sensibilisation and sharing

POLAND - Foodsharing Warsaw

Info provided by karolinahansen on Slack, Janina Abels visited Warsaw in September 2016

Agnieszka and Karolina started a facebook group based on's experience around March 2016.

Community: 15 core people who meet every two weeks, only 1 verified foodsaver so far (because of a lack of cooperations) and around 30 more aspiring ones (by 09/2016). After 10-20 interviews for different media in May they now get contacted by people all over Poland and other cities already started foodsharing initiatives as well.

Food-Share Points: 3 fridges, soon 4 (by 09/2016). They call them 'Jadłodzielnia' (from 'jadło' - the fodder + 'dzielić' - to share + '-nia' - marks a location). Are used by the people, but sometimes empty.

Stores: The most lacking part so far. No regular pick-ups, just spontaneous calls from a bakery, a chef-in-training, and a seafood store.

Legal: foodsharing Warszawa doesn't want to register as an organization, because as private individuals noone is liable for possible problems due to the FSPs.

Difficulties: getting more stores to cooperate. Will focus from Oct. 2016 onwards to get regular cooperations. The Polish gift law, which makes the recipient of a gift pay 10% of its value to the state.

Solutions for handling the gift tax problem:

  1. First solution is clandestineness (The food is 'abandoned' and 'coincidentally' gets found by the foodsaver. Downside: Makes the cooperation inofficial and illegitimate.)
  2. Second solution is price reduction (where the store reduces the price to ridiculously small amounts and thus makes the tax almost non-existent. Downside: There still is money involved and the store has more work in accounting.)
  3. Third solution are tax-free amounts (If the value of the gifted items doesn't exceed a certain amount of money over some years, no tax needs to be paid. Downside: Work in accounting.)

How does it work? Extensive use of facebook:
Fanpage with 2246 likes (by 09/2016)
A closed group for the orgateam consisting of 14 people (by 09/2016)
A closed group for private foodsharing, dumster diving and freeganism, which already existed before, with 2069 members (by 09/2016)
A closed group for connecting organizations that have food with those who need it with 13 members (by 09/2016)
A closed group to coordinate the expansion of foodsharing to other Polish cities with 26 members (by 09/2016) 

They have no quiz. 3 trial pick-ups are needed to become a verified foodsaver, two meetings must be visited to get the password to the orga-googledrive. On that drive there are spreadsheets about FSPs, pick-ups and verified and aspiring foodsavers, meeting minutes, a general rules sheet, flyers and posters, also to approach stores and basically everything they work on. The googledrive is like the office of foodsharing Warsaw, and who has the password is part of the orgateam.

Still dreaming of translating Interested to try out a basic software. Already thinking about building an app for themselves.

RUSSIA - Moscow, St. Petersburg

Contact: Анастасия Терехина via Tilmann

We aim to collaborate with organizations based on's experience. The project is fully non-commercial. All related costs are held by members who manage it.

Started: July 2015


Active members: several hundred

Collaborate with: ~30 stores, cafes, etc. Usually we have several pick-ups every day, apart from regular activities we have been involved in some events like cooking the world biggest Greek salad in Moscow on the Red Square

Totally saved: over 28 000 kg of food.

How does it work? Members who want to become active have to sign up, take a quiz and wait for the facilitator’s invitation to join the team. 1 trial pick-up is mandatory.

Tools: free tools - group chat on, Google Sheets, etc.

Difficulties: getting more stores, cafes, etc. to cooperate. Getting more active volunteers to establish contacts with organizations and develop the project. Current legislation does not include foodsharing possibilities so in some cases stores are required to dispose leftovers.

RUSSIA - VK Foodsharing page

vk page

Summary of the page by Kirill

This page works like a bulletin board for people, who have more food than they need. On this page they are leaving their offers (for example: "5 kg of potato, Pushkina street 12, +7917..., after 18:00 till the end of this month") and everybody can contact them, visit and get the food.

SCOTLAND - Foodsharing Edinburgh



SPAIN - Barcelona

info collected by Arno Döpper, met with one of the people in November 2016

related Homepage (Wordpress page - not only for Barcelona)

Community: community exists since about 4 years. They have monthly assemblies, to welcome new members. They used to be more open but limited the 'membership' at some point (I forgot why exactly). They pick up food twice a week and meet once a week to distribute the food (equally) among the contributing members (two people get one basket and share the food between each other). Before the food distribution there is an assembly. There are different sub groups in the community taking care of various tasks (communication, internal workshops, raising awareness at schools or other institutions, ...). The community is run very local (mostly Garcia as I understood) and also more or less analog. (Having one whatsapp group). They used to do their assemblies in a squat (Banc Expropriat), now in a new squat next to it (Ateneu Entrebanc).

Food-Share Points: No food share points.

Stores: Several small stores, which are happily collaborating. (At least more than 10)

Legal: no legal arrangement.

Difficulties: language: Catalan or Spanish.

Plans: trying to create a closer relationship with food stores

SPAIN - Bilbao - Foodsharing Bilbao

Contact: Unai Gaztelu

Community: Emerging, more info after the intro event on 2017-04-08. One closed facebook group for foodsavers and one open one for foodsharers. Management of the pick-ups is organized via

Food-Share Points: None so far, but a fridge was already secured and some probable locations spotted.

Stores: One small organic supermarket agreed to daily pick-ups, one panadería allows for random and unscheduled pick-ups

Legal: A translated version of the liability waiver from foodsharing Edinbourgh

Plans: Expansion!

SWEDEN - Gothenburg - Solikyl


Contact: Bruno (brunomc on Slack)

(more inf to follow soon!)

SWEDEN - Uppsala - Livsmedela


not in close contact

TAIWAN - Taipei - Foodsharing Taiwan

Info provided by stefan_fstaiwan on Slack

Stefan started around April 2016 a facebook group (FB page with 780 likes (by 10/2016)) based on's experience.

Community: Stefan is the only core person (from 04/16 to 08/16 he got help from a Taiwanese friend), about 15 Foodsaver who pick up food daily, lots of volunteers ask to help. After interviews for different media they got a lot of contacts, but nothing concrete followed, also because it’s very hard to coordinate the whole project with 1-2 core people.

Food-Share Points: 1 fridge and shelf since August 2016. They named it享食站 - Food Hub. It's frequently used by the people, but sometimes empty. A foundation contacted them to donate lots of fridges, but as they aren’t a legal organization, things are not that easy and they don’t have the time to handle this at the moment.

Stores: One bakery (pick-up every day) and one restaurant (pick-up every two days) (10/2016). They call them half an hour before they close, to ask if they have food or not. Every shop has its own facebook group to coordinate everything, using a googledocs file as a calendar to sign in for the pick-ups.

Legal: They have a legal arrangement, according to the Taiwanese law. Foodsharing and the Food Hubs are separated projects, so that it is not guaranteed that the food in the fridges comes from the food from the stores. To get funds and share the legal risk Stefan would like to found or join a legal organization, as at the moment everything happens in his name.

Difficulties: Getting more active support from people (beyond picking up food), getting people who are reliable, engaged, identify with and understand the idea of such a project and behave that way, smooth pick-ups with a nice manner and in time, getting people who look for new cooperations (they went to a bunch of fruit shops already) and sites to set up public fridges, getting more stores to cooperate, getting more publicity, spread the word of foodsharing, networking with other groups, maybe turn into an legal organization and apply for funding

They use IDs, people apply for ID by email, and afterwards Stefan meets them to sign the legal arrangements and hands the ID over. They don’t have a quiz, nor trial pick-ups. Stefan tries to explain the concept in person when he meets the people.


As Stefan leaves Taiwan in December 2016 he wants to make sure Foodsharing Taiwan persists in his absence, therefore he thinks it might be a good idea to get the support of a bigger legal organization that might be willing to take the project under its patronage. He is currently (10/2016) looking for such a possibility,

Have a foodsharing event to bring people together and give a presentation on the concept,

Have a platform (webpage, app) in Chinese language.

TURKEY - Ankara - Çerçöp Çorbacılar

Info provided by gigi on Slack

Çerçöp Çorbacılar is freegan group from Ankara, Turkey.
Since 2013, the group prepares soups from saved veggies with refugees, local collectives in public parks or usually in a cafe in Çankaya district. New events are always announced on the facebook page. Çerçöp aims to find local solutions against food wasting in Ankara. That's why the events are open to all locals without any conditions.

Community: +5.000 likes on Facebook page. 3 leaders and around 20 people form the orga-group, which use WhatsApp and mailing lists for the communication.

Stores: The orga-group carries out pick-ups at a Turkish "bazaar" once per week. Also, there is a good connection and cooperation between the group and two big supermarkets. Due to huge amounts of fresh food the group picks up only once a week. Çerçöp uses a very central point in the streets to cook and share the saved food every Sunday.

Difficulties: People are still not familiar with the idea of Foodsharing. Therefore, the first task is always to educate the group and the people of Ankara to rescue more food. People don't usually want to take cooked food or even the fresh rescued food. To change this mentality is the greatest challenge . The group is still working on this task and share the advantages of freeganism on social media. A system without any requirement of membership, where people can easily find the locations of the food share points and take/leave fresh food is needed for the next steps, due to huge amounts of rescued food from Çerçöp. Another difficulty is finding more people to take responsibilities in foodsharing.

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  1. Nice! Thanks for sharing your insights Tais Real!

    Just to avoid confusion, there also is a page called 'Existing Initiatives' on the foodsaving international space. It is not as detailed as this one and only has some links, but I felt the need to point out its existence...

    How about we collect info here and as soon as we feel it to be something worth presenting (because it has detailed info like the one from Nantes about multiple projects) we merge the two pages and put all the info in the foodsaving international space?
    Cause to me this FSINT "team" section here is consisting of working files, whereas the FSINT space is supposed to be more refined and meant to be shown to people. Do you agree?

    1. Oh yes, let's move this to the FSINT space soon! Tais Real - what do you think?

      EDIT: Oh, actually it could directly go to the Tour space!

  2. Oh and could you, Tilmann, maybe write something similar about Copenhagen? I will try to find out more details about Warsaw and St. Petersburg.

    1. I will try, but I need to gather information about the recent status. Remind me again soon, please (smile)

      1. Feel poked again, Tilmann...^^

        1. Aaah yes! Poke finally triggered my scheduling (big grin)

          I posted this text to the internal FB group in Copenhagen:

          Lovely foodsavers of CPH! I'm very happy how this project worked out in the last 4 months. Since I haven't had the chance to come back to you to get personal feedback, I'd like to start a small retrospective & feedback round here :)

          I invite you all to share your experience:
          - What went well?
          - What went not so well?
          - What could be improved?

          More specific, the organization of the food pickups and distributions is interesting to me.
          - I've seen a spreadsheet for scheduling, is it in active use?
          - How do you like it?
          - Is it easy to find volunteers?
          - How many people are *really* active in FSCPH?

          I'm collecting this as part of the bigger foodsharing and -saving international group in yunity and will summarize it here:…/dis…/YUN/Existing+initiatives
          Please have a look there (also in the coming months) to read more about how other cities and countries are handling the saving and distribution of food.

    1. Yes there is definitely enough text...^^

      How about using this as base: Organizational structure
      I mean, as soon as me or Anja Konhäuser took care of finishing the translation... :sweat_smile:
      Then I'd also add a bit of history to it, so basically use the same structure as Tais Real did when writing about Nantes. I think it'll be beneficial to have a uniform layout to make the different initiatives better comparable. 

    2. Hm, since the other entries are about cities and not countries should we use Berlin as the example of I think that makes sense, since it was the first and still is the biggest foodsharing community in the German network.

      Then we can also include the major cities from each Austria and Switzerland and always point out that there are more cities also participating, like I wrote in the Warsaw entry. I could imagine, that this is kind of the normal development, that one city starts and then others follow after. Correct me if I'm wrong.

      1. I'm fine with both ways. Don't see the need to restrict us to one German city (especially since Raphi started in Cologne?), but maybe it's easier to write a coherent story then?

        1. different cities could show different approaches. 

          1. So show one example city in Germany (maybe Berlin) and then highlight differences in other cities? Kristijan Miklobusec would you be interested in writing a section on I think you have the best insight!

            1. the difference is also sometimes not in the structure itself but how it is lived. i'll think what comes to my mind. 

              You can have a graphic showing different groups or positions and in practice you can have a town that would live it hierarchely and other towns who would be more laisse fair about it. But both would have the same structure. 

  3. I think we should exchange the page on the FSINT space with this one, since it's way better.
    Any resistance to moving it, Tais RealTilmann?

    1. Agree, the equally-named page from the FSINT space can be deleted.

  4. The FSINT space is the foodsaving international space?

    I'd say we either make a whole FSINT space with all these pages, reorganize the whole thing, or we keep it here and reorganize the whole thing. I still find this foodsaving international space very confusing (if that's what you mean by FSINT space) and somehow it does not make me want to go through it. Did I understand your suggestion right?
    Also I will have a closer look at your FSINT landing page proposal today (smile)

    1. I all in favor for reorganizing, and I would love to use the foodsaving international space (yep, that's what I meant...^^) for everything that's actually presentable and maybe get rid of this FSINT team section (the one we're in right now) altogether. But I'm not sure of that yet...
      Looking forward to your feedback on the landing page prop! (smile)

    2. Maybe as explanation why we call it FSINT space - the URL is "". That's actually where the name FSINT was born, since I needed a short name for it.

  5. Anonymous

    Hi everybody, I would like to present you a foodsharing community in Bari (south of Italy) named Avanzi Popolo.

    We are managing a urban foodsharing platform and we also have a network of volunteers to save food from events, restaurants...
    We are now starting a network of people's fridges