Tuppers against inequalities and waste

Starting on March 1st, Aunar Elkartea NGO’s ‘Táper solidario’ will reach Zamudio, where it will rescue surplus food coming from collective and professional catering services and will distribute it amongst a dozen local families.

88 million tonnes of food are binned every year in the European Union, which amounts to 173 kilograms of food waste per person and year, according to a report of the European Commission. In addition to this, according to the Resolution of the European Parliament on this matter, the production and elimination of food waste in the Union results in 170 million tonnes of CO2, and the costs associated with this amount of food waste are estimated at 143,000 million euros.

Food waste occurs at all stages of the food supply chain, from primary production to households. It is for this reason that the European Parliament underlines the «urgent» need to reduce it «in all sectors of the food supplying chain», including production, processing, wholesale and logistics combined with retail and markets, food service, marketing and consumption.

Aunar Elkartea NGO works precisely on rescuing this food waste and, this way, helping disadvantaged people in our society to have a healthy and decent diet; it is such outlined in the Communication of the European Commission regarding food donation. Starting on March 1st, their project will reach Zamudio, where they will make social deliveries of this surplus food.

This food will be distributed on a weekly basis, and it will be frozen and inside non-returnable tuppers that will be apt for freezing and microwave heating. The local council will support this project with a 5,809 euros budget (1.46 euros a day per tupper and 1 euro a week for the dessert) and the lending of the premises for deliveries, which will reach a dozen families in Zamudio that have been previously selected by the Social Welfare services.

Colegio Vizcaya, a school located in Zamudio, will also take part in the initiative and will donate its surplus food so that it can reach people asking for food aid and help reduce inequality in the municipality. The company working on the dining of Zamudio School, Gasca, which has been collaborating with Aunar for more than three years (apart from collaborations with other organisations), is also involved in the project. It makes regular deliveries of food that has been cooked on the kitchen of their central premises and that meets with all due hygiene standards.

Apart from a social purpose, this initiative of work in a network moves along the same lines of the Waste4Think European project, in which Zamudio is taking part. By doing so, the municipality seeks to improve the management of its household waste. Through this initiative in particular, surplus food coming from professional catering services will become a valuable resource for some people, instead of food waste.

All food supplies will undergo strict sanitary controls. Food will be frozen, and inside tuppers meeting with all due standards, and it will be delivered to beneficiaries inside insulated bags which will contain enough food for one week. These bags will be delivered on the first days of the initiative, and beneficiaries must carry them along for each delivery so that the cold chain is guaranteed.

On the other hand, the ‘Táper solidario’ project pursues as well to raise awareness against food waste. It does so with a «down to earth discourse», and with a point of view that is «both social and environmental».

Like Zamudio, more and more cities in Biscay are embracing this network of municipalities that decide to include the project in their service list, and thusly adopt a social and environmental responsibility. Balmaseda, Zalla, Barakaldo, Sestao, Portugalete, Erandio, Leioa and, more recently, Derio and Zamudio, are already supporters of the project. In the near future, Santurtzi as well will enrol.