An initiative to save food – Food Not Bombs
You may or may not heard about the underground activism called Food Not Bombs. The initiative started arround the ’80-s as a protest against food waste and warfare. There are Food Not Bombs groups all around the Globe, the main idea is to save food from waste, and pass it to… well basically anyone, who asks for it. There is an active Food Not Bombs cell in Budapest, Hungary as well, contributing to decrease the amount of food waste, and offering nutritious hot meal to people in need once a week.
The formula is simple: They collect the vegetables and fruits that are in good condition, but for some reason they cannot be sold in two markets of Budapest. They transport it to their community kitchen, prepare a soup, second dish, salad(s), and thanks to a local bakery, they can also distribute leftover (but still yummy) pastries.
- Each Saturday, they collect around 200 kg-s of vegetables
- This is enough to feed around 150 people every Sunday
- Every weekend they activate approximately 15-20 volunteers
- The other ingredients they need (e.g. rice, oil, spices etc.) arrives to them as donations from private people.
- The vegetables they use would otherwise be thrown out
- The people who eat from the food would most probably not eat any (hot) meal at all that day otherwise
- Their actions are excellent awareness raising opportunities, as well. Most of their volunteers are not familiar with the extent of food waste before starting to work (and have fun) with them
- They regularly give feedback to the people helping them (vendors, other donors, volunteers etc.)
This system can work now smoothly, because they spent enormous time and energy to find markets and vendors who are willing to work together with the group, trust the team, and know that their offerings will arrive to those who really need it.
So the cycle is working and is needed. Why not joining a food-saving-sharing initiative around your neighbourhood?