Danish People’s Aid, Stop Food Waste, Spotmarket.dk, Danish DLF and Danish Cater
will each week distribute up to 500-1000 kilos of surplus food / groceries to 50 needy and vulnerable families in Odense, who have to manage on a daily basis for DKK 50-100 for food. The project will start up on 3 March 2017 and is, through Dansk DLF, supported by some of the largest suppliers of groceries. The hope is that FOOD SURPLUS will be the country’s largest effort against food waste.
FOOD SURPLUS is the first part of a nationwide effort aimed at eliminating extensive food waste. At the same time, a hand is being given to those who are having a hard time getting their food budget to hit.
FOOD SURPLUSES must ensure that one of society’s largest and most vulnerable groups, namely single parents on transfer income, gets more and better food on the table. The initiators behind the initiative hope that it will be the largest lasting initiative with surplus food aimed at this particular group.
Dansk Folkehjælp, Stop Spild Af Mad and Spotmarket.dk are behind the initiative and implement it in collaboration with Dansk Cater and Dansk DLF, which represent some of the largest suppliers of groceries in Denmark.
Secretary General of the Danish People’s Aid, Klaus Nørlem, says: “We in the Danish People’s Aid are particularly pleased with this initiative, because in this way we can help many poor families with surplus food, which otherwise had the prospect of being destroyed without benefit to anyone. The project is unique because it has good opportunities to alleviate the food deficit that the target group lives with in their daily lives and because the project has nationwide potential. When we work together to achieve this goal, while at the same time combating food waste and benefiting the environment, it simply makes the initiative even more sustainable. Danish People’s Aid meets poor families daily through our social work, and we know how big a difference this helping hand will have for their finances and living conditions. It is quite common for poor families to have to live daily on a very small food budget. It is a big challenge, which becomes more difficult the longer you have been on, for example, cash benefits. ”
FOOD SURPLUS will initially be launched in Odense as a pilot project on 3 March 2017, but if it proves sustainable, it will be possible to roll out quickly in several areas of Denmark. Danish People’s Aid expects that during that period several tonnes of food will be distributed per month to 50 families in Odense who have difficulty getting their food and household budget to stick together.
If the initiative in Odense is successful, the intention is to establish distribution points in each of the five regions with two distribution points in each.
Two super hospitals or 13.5 billion kroner
In Denmark, 700,000 tonnes of food that could have been eaten are thrown away every year. The value of the wasted food runs up to approx. 13.5 billion, which is equivalent to the construction of two super hospitals. A Dane eats an average of 1 tonne of food a year, so 700,000 tonnes of wasted food will be able to feed almost all residents in Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense.
The food waste covers several conditions. A lot of food is thrown out when the expiration date approaches or if the packaging is broken. Up to 25 per cent. of the waste happens in the industry and the food is destroyed before it even reaches the consumers.
The initiator of the project and Director of Spotmarket A / S, Michael Svendsen, says: “We meet great interest from the industry, to donate residual lots and surplus production to beneficial causes, at the same time as vulnerable Danes want to receive. Therefore, we offer on our digital marketplace spotmarket.dk that all manufacturers and wholesalers can deliver food and other groceries as a donation to the project. Suppliers demand an easy and flexible way to donate. The collaboration with Stop Waste Of Food and Danish People’s Aid must ensure that the surplus parties are distributed efficiently, and reach all the needy families. The project makes a serious contribution to the fight against food poverty, and offers the industry an opportunity to use Spotmarket.dk, to create useful value with surplus goods. ”
FOOD PROFIT has become possible because the authorities have waived taxes when donating food and groceries to charity. In addition, suppliers save costs on the destruction of the goods. On some items, however, there are still taxes.
The project has received financial support from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.