Markets all over the world are support food waste or save food programmes. We want to share those programmes and initiatives with decision-makers at many levels so please tell us about yours!
As an example, there are a number of traders in the Borough Market (UK) that have signed up to the FoodSave initiative, a food waste reduction project working with London’s markets, retailers, restaurants and caterers to prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good purposes. A system is now in place to collect any remaining bread, fruit and vegetables from that market at the end of Saturday trading, and Mental Fight Club will use the produce in their latest creative project, The Dragon Café on Borough High Street. Borough Market was matched with local charity, The Dragon Café, by the FoodSave project, which offers free support to small and medium food businesses in London to help them address the food waste issue. The development of the scheme has been supported by Plan Zheroes, which finds, supports and inspires food businesses that are willing to donate their surplus food to local charities.
Another example comes from Johannesburg market in South Africa. The wholesale market has been supporting the Joburg Market Foodbank system there for several years.
We are aware that this is only two examples of many markets that are active in local food bank support and minimalizing food waste – please let us know if we can include your market’s actions here!