Feeding the Hungry

Prime Minister, Cerar officially opens Ljubljana’s first Food Surplus Entrepreneurs (FSE) Hub

Wednesday, 21.10.2015, 11:00 am–Prime Minister of Slovenia, Dr. Cerar, represented by two state secretaries, Mr. Tadej Slapnik and Ms. Andreja Crnak Meglic officially launched Ljubljana’s Food Surplus Enterprise (FSE) Hub at the EKO 365 Centre. Funded by the Europan Union’s Erasmus+ program and hosted by Food for Life Global (FFLG) and The Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network (FSN), the milestone event brought together Food for Life organizations from Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Hungary, Latvia, UK and Serbia in response to the Food Waste Revolution happening in Ljubljana. The Prime minister’s speech was read out by Mr. Slapnik. “The current value of food waste is estimated at 400 billion USD per year, with the development of the middle class will cost over the next 15 years grew to $ 600 billion per year. If 2030 managed to reduce losses of food in consumers of 20-50%, it would save 120 to 300 billion USD per year. Losses and discards food caused losses in income and reduces the return on investment, slows economic and social development.” Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner said: “There is no need for anyone to go hungry in this day and age. We are so happy to cooperate with the Slovenian government to address hunger head on with the FSE initiative.” Food for Life in Slovenia, together with the Radha Govinda restaurant in Ljubljana has served over 70,000 food surplus meals to socially underprivileged families in the last 7 years.   With roots dating back to 1974, Food for Life Global is headquartered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with coordinating offices worldwide. The mission of the organization is to unite the world through pure food, by the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals to disadvantaged, malnourished people and victims of disaster. Volunteers currently serve up to 2,000,000 free plant-based […]

Food for Life fire up new ovens to feed hungry kids

Manaia PHO

By Lindy Laird Friday Oct 24, 2014 – Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox is baking a batch of pinwheels in two new ovens funded by a Manaia PHO grant when a woman from the Whangarei Bee Club drops off a 10kg bucket of honey. It is a fitting symbol of how the community pulls together to help Food for Life’s school dinner programme. “It’s wonderful and things like this happen every day,” a grateful Mr Wilcox says. Food for Life trustee David Martin, Manaia PHO chief executive Chris Farrelly and health promotions manager Ngaire Rae are also tickled pink as the honey is handed over. “There’s something else happening here, apart from feeding people,” Mr Farrelly said of the gesture, steeped in the ethic of sharing. The group is at the Water St premises for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the Christchurch-made Moffat catering ovens the trust has bought with a $600 grant from the PHO’s Tamariki Ora Community Action Fund. Mr Wilcox, who only in 2012 founded the centre that provides free, nutritious vegetarian meals weekly to more than 1000 Whangarei schoolchildren (that will amount to 50,000 meals this year) said the ovens will help get those meals prepared and delivered more efficiently. Food for Life is one of four groups to receive a share of the $20,000 the PHO set aside. “The idea of that fund is to support ground roots community efforts in making a difference for children in need,” Ms Rae said. Nationally, school lunches are back on the agenda, with former Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira’s Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill picked up by the Green Party. In the meantime, individuals continue to give to the Food for Life trust so its volunteers can feed Whangarei kids without waiting for […]

Feeding The 5000 Brussels

On 1.4.14 Feeding the 5000 held a hugely successful event in Brussels at the Marché Aux Herbes near the Grand Place. Together with our partners, we served up over 6,000 delicious lunches all made from ingredients that otherwise would have gone to waste to highlight the positive solutions to the global food waste scandal.  Here’s a look at the day in photos by Julie Feyaerts. Feeding the 5000 Brussels is bringing together an alliance of organisations at all levels to raise awareness of the scale of food waste in Belgium, the EU and globally and promote the solutions which exist. On the 1st of April 2014 we provided a delicious free feast for thousands of members of the public, sourced entirely from fresh, top-quality produce that would otherwise go to waste, including misshapen potatoes, wonky carrots and oversized aubergines. It will be a spectacular public celebration of the positive, win-win solutions to food waste. Feeding the 5000 Brussels and its surrounding campaign are being organised in partnership with the Feeding the 5000 campaign and a range of organisations working to tackle food waste in Belgium and internationally. These include EU FUSIONS, the Federation of Belgian Food Banks, Oxfam, Slow Food, Slow Food Youth Network Brussels, Disco Soupe Brussels, 11.11.11., CRIOC, Velt, KOMOSIE and Social Groceries Flanders, as well as the Flemish Minister for Poverty Reduction. The event is being supported by WWF, Eurotoques, Food Sharing and Food for Life Global. – See more at http://www.feeding5k.org The event is being supported by the Flemish Minister for Poverty Reduction. Report by Mukunda Das