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.
- Nick has Notes on other projects that he collected himself
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)
Stores: big market, bakery and supermarket (on hold)
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 foodsharing.de'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
not in close contact yet
NETHERLANDS - Amsterdam - Taste before you waste
not yet in contact
NETHERLANDS - Foodsharing Rotterdam
Info provided by Simon Damstra and below-mentioned yuniteers
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 foodsharing.de'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:
- First solution is clandestineness (The food is 'abandoned' and 'coincidentally' gets found by the foodsaver. Downside: Makes the cooperation inofficial and illegitimate.)
- 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.)
- 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) https://www.facebook.com/FoodsharingWarszawa/
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 foodsharing.de. Interested to try out a basic software. Already thinking about building an app for themselves.
RUSSIA - Moscow, St. Petersburg
We aim to collaborate with organizations based on foodsharing.de's experience. The project is fully non-commercial. All related costs are held by members who manage it.
Started: July 2015
- ~2500 in Moscow (separate group in VK.com - https://vk.com/foodsharing_msk),
- ~3700 in St. Petersburg (separate group in VK.com - https://vk.com/foodsharing_spb)
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 VK.com, 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
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.
- No meat, no fish, no seafood
- They also have a special topic for sharing clothes, pets, tools and some other stuff
- It isn't connected with shops, just individual offers
- Around 10-20 new offers per day
- Sometimes it's offers from shops, sometimes from charitable organizations -- everything in one list
SCOTLAND - Foodsharing Edinburgh
SPAIN - Barcelona
info collected by Arno Döpper, met with one of the people in November 2016
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
SWEDEN - Uppsala - Livsmedela
not in close contact
TAIWAN - Taipei - Foodsharing Taiwan
Info provided by stefan_fstaiwan on Slack
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.