I am new in this forum and would like to give a brief introduction to ‘Foodsharing Stockholm’, where I volunteer. It is a democratic, non-profit movement fighting food waste by working to bridge the gap between retailers and consumers that leads to food waste. I am starting this thread as we would like to initiate a collaboration with you.
In a nutshell, we would like to ask you for the following:
- An open space where we could spend around 3 hours for distributing the ‘rescued food’ once per week, preferably Saturday mornings (flexible schedule). We do not need a kitchen in this space, just a couple of tables and a plug to potentially use a fridge (that we already have).
- Access to Frihamnstorget kitchen to organize folkkök events once/twice per month (great flexibility for dates/times).
At the moment we rely on one distribution point for the ‘rescued food’, Kulturhuset Cyklopen, in Högdalen. However, our goal is to reach as much people as possible, and we have observed that this location is very restrictive, both for Foodsharing ‘users’ and volunteers, who would spend a long time just to get to the distribution point, and depend on a car to carry the food all the way there. Besides, we only have access to this Kulturhuset on Friday evenings, which has a negative impact in the popularity of the distributions.
Your space looks like the ideal spot for Foodsharing Stockholm to expand and become a big part of the food waste fight, as it is in other European cities. We also believe in the importance of raising awareness about this matter and that is why we occasionally organise folkkök (folk kitchen) events where we create dinners using surplus food. This is an experiment in improvisation and saving good food from going to waste. Blivande and Frihamnstorget would be ideal spaces to organize these events, and let the community know about food waste.
A bit more about us: Foodsharing Stockholm is a relatively new organization, active since 2019. We intend to establish the concept of food sharing in Stockholm, encouraging sharing food which won’t be used (e.g. by collecting unsellable products from supermarkets). This way, we raise awareness on the scale of food waste and establish a concrete solution to the problem based on solidarity. We think that everyone and anyone can be involved in saving and sharing food. As of today, we have been able to find stomachs for almost 2 tons of food that were about to go to the bins.
But how do we work? Normally, we set partnerships with businesses and organize regular times with them for picking up the food. From the Pickup Point we transport the food to our Distribution Points, where the food is given away to the community. All the logistics involved are arranged by Foodsharing Stockholm volunteers. Our distributions are publicly announced in our social media channels and are
open for anyone interested on showing up.
For more information about the organization, please feel free to visit our website (foodsharingstockholm.noblogs.org) or social media channels (https://www.facebook.com/Foodsharing-Stockholm-107001424001063/, or @foodsharingstockholm).
Our current partners would be happy to share their experiences with us:
ICA Supermarket Årsta (donor): phone 086025120
Chili & Wok Restaurant (donor): phone 0760824931
Kulturhuset Cyklopen (sharing point): phone 0767119763
Coop Nära Stadion (donor)
Thank you very much for your time on this! Particularly thankful to @darkturo and @hampus, for giving me the opportunity to present you the idea.
I am really looking forward to reading about your feedback
Olga Rivera Ballesteros