“Leftovers: Save food before it ends up in the bin!” project
Name of the initiative: Nesnezeno
Organisation form: Informal Organisation
Country: Czech Republic
Domain: Food cooperative
Starting year: 2018
Keywords: sharing surplus food, reducing food waste
M. Gregorová started the “Leftovers: Save food before it ends up in the bin!” project in the Czech Republic in 2018. Thanks to this non-profit project, which is organised on a voluntary basis, people can contribute towards reducing food waste, yet at the same time eat according to their needs and save money.
The essence of the project consists in restaurants, bistros, bakeries, confectioners or cafés left with unsold food, or which have surplus food nearing its expiration date, offering this food to anybody who is interested at a discount of at least 30%, but usually 50%.
This project is targeted in particular at students and low-income population groups. This service was first offered via Facebook in Brno. It is now available via an application in other big cities in the Czech Republic – Prague, Ostrava, Olomouc and České Budějovice.
Via a simple application, companies can register offers of surplus food and interested parties can use the application to browse, order and pay for the selected food. According to the providers, interested parties can subsequently eat this food on the spot or take it away in their own packaging or in a provided box.
Surplus food is offered as individual portions, so the initial fears among traders that customers' interest would drop and they would wait for discounted food have proven to be unfounded. A total of 287 enterprises offering surplus food and 58,000 so-called “rescuers” who buy this food are currently involved in this project.
To date, 21,000 portions of food have been saved. This project is of benefit both to restaurants and other enterprises engaging in similar activities, reducing or eliminating losses relating to disposing of unsold food, as well as to people with reduced means who have access to high-quality food at a discount price. The societal effect, arising in the field of environmental protection thanks to limitation of food waste, must also be appreciated.
Author: Alena Masova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date: 6th November 2019