food surplus

Rescued Food for Street Meals Program

“RESCUED FOOD FOR STREET MEALS” is a Strategic Partnership project aimed to connect five partner organizations (active in the youth work areas of humanitarian work, youth volunteering and finding solutions for food waste problem) from Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, United Kingdom and Slovenia. This project is a true fusion of the experiences of partner organizations, using each organization’s experience and expertise to create a “food revolution” in the areas of partner activity. Erasmus+ programme fund it. The project allows participants from the partner organizations involved, to educate themselves and their target groups in a variety of ways how to create innovative activities to engage youth in solving social problems of local communities. The participants learn and share their good practices/experience through training activities on organizing “Rescued Food for Street Meals” humanitarian events, cooking, distributing food, etc. This Initiative supports the participants in their personal and professional development (knowledge, skills, and attitudes). The project started on 1st February 2016 and ended on 30th June 2018. According to UN Report (the year 2011), over 1/3 of the world’s food for human consumption is wasted every year. At the same time, worldwide 842 million people are experiencing hunger. Poverty and food insecurity are incredibly prevalent in many European cities, making a case for food waste reduction and proper redistribution all the more critical. These alarming statistics made us think about how to get actively involved in creating innovative, practical solutions for burning problem of food waste. The project deals with the growing global problem of poverty and food crisis, which is officially stressed by the “Food group” in European Parliament, so we think that this partnership is parallel with their objectives and offers added value in finding the high-quality solutions achievable locally and globally. The objectives of the project are: To build the capacity […]

The Simple Solution to World Hunger

Paul Rodney Turner giving a talk

A talk I gave at the cafe 360 to open the Food Surplus Network in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2015. To learn more on this see Paul’s article. John Robbins, the author of the best-selling Diet for a New America, writes: “The existence of so much hunger in the world is a reality we cannot deny. It is a reality that challenges us deeply: it asks us to become more fully human.” Robbins argues that the world hunger problem is not only the responsibility of the United Nations, but of every human being on the planet. “When we remember those who are without food,” says Robbins, “something is awakened within us. Our own deeper hunger comes to surface—our hunger to live fully, to bring our lives into alignment with our compassion, to make our lives expressions of our spirits.” Food for Life started in India, after the founder, Swami Prabhupada proclaimed to his yoga students that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of a temple. Since that time, over two billion free plant-based meals have been served to the needy on six continents. Food for Life has emerged as the largest vegan food relief program in the world! Food for Life’s mission—to bring about peaceful and prosperity through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based food prepared with loving intention.

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 […]

Hungry Harvest collaborates with Food for Life Baltimore

“Hungry Harvest is a mission-driven organization that strives to eliminate food waste and eradicate hunger in the United States, starting with Maryland. They take fresh, surplus fruits and vegetables from local farms and wholesalers around the Mid-Atlantic and deliver it once a week. In addition, for every bag they deliver, they donate a bag to a person in need in the community. Food Waste 6 billion pounds of produce goes to waste for unfathomable reasons each year while just around the DC/MD community, ten of thousands of families cannot afford healthy meals each week. Hungry Harvest partners with various donation partners and families to donate healthy fruits and vegetables to them.  Co-founder of Hungry Harvest, John Zamora contacted Food for Life Baltimore to see what produce they could use for their free meal program. “For the past 3 weeks we have been donating to the Baltimore chapter of Food For Life run by Lalit and Vidarbha Agarwal,” explained John. One might ask, ‘what comes in each bag since it’s surplus?’ Each week, Hungry Harvest delivers has a variety —  from carrots, apples, potatoes and squash to strawberries, onions, kale, and pears. Some fruit might be funny shaped, oversized, or under-sized, but  they don’t discriminate since it all tastes the same! Their website is www.hungryharvest.net if you are interested in photos of their beautiful, quirky produce.  To date, Hungry Harvest has recovered over 150,000 pounds of produce from going to waste and has donated over 75,000 pounds to those in need in the community.  Sign up for Hungry Harvest, and make a difference. You buy one, you give one. Another piece of their social mission is that they now hire men from a local homeless shelter to help them get back on their feet. So far, 7 homeless men have been hired from the shelter for part-time […]