A lot of food doesn’t even make it onto our plates, but rather is simply thrown away. In the best case scenario, what we don't consume ends up as biofuel or is used in a biogas facility. “Unacceptable!” Cried the founders of Foodbank, and asked for €10,000 in funding via crowdfunding platform Startnext to create a website that would allow private individuals and businesses to give away their leftover food. The idea was so clever that it brought Foodsharing considerable attention, and at the end of the fundraising period, over €11,500 had been raised!
On Foodsharing.de, registered users can prepare virtual food baskets with their leftover food, which are then either taken to local Fair-Sharers (i.e. distribution stations) or made available to be picked up by other members. If someone is missing a few ingredients for a meal, they can then see if they are available nearby – and if someone only has milk and eggs at home, they can get together with someone who has flour and make pancakes together.
So before you head off on holiday again with food left in the fridge, be sure to pay a visit to Foodsharing.de!