Picture: Re-food International


Food retailers and consumers throw out millions of tonnes of edible food every year, for numerous reasons. At the same time as this mass waste occurs, food poverty is spreading across the European continent and affecting more and more people on a daily basis. This therefore makes initiatives, like those discussed below, that focus on the redistribution of food critical to the well-being of society.

Spotlight: Re-food in Lisbon, Portugal In Lisbon in 2011, a project was launched by an American named Hunter Halder: it is named Re-food and is aimed at "rescuing good food", recovering the meals that have not been consumed in restaurants and redistributing them to people who have difficulties in accessing food. Started in 2011, this initiative has now nearly 120 volunteers, and more than 90 restaurants in the city have agreed to enter into the process.

Examples of similar initiatives

Caxias Social Association - social solutions

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-08-05 08:58 -

The Caxias Social Association aims to help families in need, solving social problems in households experiencing difficulties and/or with limited sustainability.

Mπορούμε "Boroume"

Author: Mariani - Published At: 2013-08-02 12:12 -

A non-profit organisation fighting against the waste of leftover food by aiding the recovery and redistribution of food surplus to those in need throughout Greece.


Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-24 15:57 -

FoodCycle combines volunteers, surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in th UK and positive social change in the community.


Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-24 14:09 -

Foodsharing is a new eco-friendly platform dedicated to reducing the wastage of food in Germany.

C.R.E.A. Solidarity fighting waste

Author: alessandra sciurba - Published At: 2013-04-16 08:42 -

The project C.R.E.A. (Surplus Food Recovery Centre) aims to collect surplus food (i.e. goods that cannot be sold but that are still consumable), both fresh and packaged, from the small, medium and large retailers, for their redistribution to people living in conditions of poverty and social exclusion. The main actors involved in its organisation are people who live in the Community of St. Benedetto al Porto, who through this work implement their emancipation and autonomy. The project is partly implemented and partly remains to be implemented.

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Please note: The experience of recovering meals is discussed on another section of this website under the category Avoiding waste (Recovery of goods) and more specifically, Food redistribution.