Does Your Market Support the Saving of Food?

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November 13, 2014

Since early this year WUWM has been focussed on strengthening its links with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). A number of activities are now underway with FAO, including support of its SAVE FOOD - Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.

We take this opportunity to call on all WUWM members with active programmes to save food from wastage on their wholesale or retail market to please contact us. We would appreciate to know what your activities in this area are so that we can highlight them in the appropriate arena and offer best practices examples to other market members.

As an example, there are a number of traders in the Borough Market (UK) that have signed up to the FoodSave initiative, a food waste reduction project working with London’s markets, retailers, restaurants and caterers to prevent food waste and to divert surplus food to good purposes. A system is now in place to collect any remaining bread, fruit and vegetables from that market at the end of Saturday trading, and Mental Fight Club will use the produce in their latest creative project, The Dragon Café on Borough High Street. Borough Market was matched with local charity, The Dragon Café, by the FoodSave project, which offers free support to small and medium food businesses in London to help them address the food waste issue.  The development of the scheme has been supported by Plan Zheroes, which finds, supports and inspires food businesses that are willing to donate their surplus food to local charities.

Another example comes from Johannesburg market in South Africa. The wholesale market has been supporting the Joburg Market Foodbank system there for several years. We are aware that this is just one of many member markets that are active in local food bank support – please let us know if we should include your market in this and other areas of food saving activities. Please write with details to Maria Cavit, WUWM Secretary General (m.cavit@wuwm.org).